• Relating to Secular Authority

    Titus 3:1

    It is important that we never confuse the kingdoms of this world with the kingdom of God. We do not submit to earthly authorities because they have an inherent right to lead but because the Creator has established them for ...Read More

  • Christian Courtesy

    Titus 3:2

    Christian courtesy, this passage tells us, includes not speaking evil of anyone, something that is hard to do when others are gossiping. Let us, as followers of the Lord who was slandered unjustly, refuse to participate in speaking evil of ...Read More

  • Our Former Lives

    Titus 3:3

    Calvin also reminds us that “they who have now been enlightened by the Lord, being humbled by the remembrance of their former ignorance, should not exalt themselves proudly over others, or treat them with greater harshness and severity than that ...Read More

  • God’s Goodness and Kindness

    Titus 3:4

    The goodness of God refers both to His moral purity and to His faithfulness in providing salvation for people enslaved to sin and misery. If our goodness is to be a reflection of His, we must be known for our ...Read More

  • God’s Initiative in Justification

    Titus 3:4-6

    God uses Word and sacrament, according to His good pleasure, to create and sustain faith in His elect. We will benefit from God’s promises only by faith, so merely hearing God’s Word preached and receiving baptism and the ...Read More

  • The Grace Of Justification

    Titus 3:4-7

    We will cover justification in more detail in the weeks ahead. For now, let us note how critical it is that we know our good works do not and cannot justify us. The very honor of Christ is at stake ...Read More

  • The Washing of Regeneration

    Titus 3:5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 71 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which, in accord with Scripture, calls baptism “the water of rebirth” and “the washing away of sins.” People can be saved without being baptized ...Read More

  • The Work of the Holy Spirit

    Titus 3:5

    Apart from the transforming power of the Holy Spirit we are enslaved to the primal human sin of refusing to give thanks to God (Rom. 1:21). But when the Spirit gives us a new heart and the gift of ...Read More

  • Justifying Grace

    Titus 3:6–7

    Matthew Henry comments on Paul’s statement in Titus 3:6 that the Holy Spirit has been poured upon His people richly: “A measure of the Spirit the church has had in all ages, but more since the coming of ...Read More

  • Good Works that Profit

    Titus 3:8

    Authentic theology motivates us to do good works and gives us the ability to discern what kind of works are truly good from God’s perspective. Oftentimes we find ourselves motivated by what feels good now, but this is short ...Read More

  • Unprofitable Works

    Titus 3:9

    John Calvin says, “In doctrine, therefore, we should always have regard to usefulness, so that everything that does not contribute to godliness shall be held in no estimation.” This means that we must discern when it is useful to debate ...Read More

  • Dealing with Divisive People

    Titus 3:10–11

    John Calvin writes, “Neither shall we have a right to pronounce a man to be a heretic, nor shall we be at liberty to reject him, till we have first endeavored to bring him back to sound views.” The pronouncement ...Read More

  • Learning to Do Good Works

    Titus 3:12–14

    Matthew Henry writes, “Christianity is not a fruitless profession. It is not enough that they be harmless, but they must be productive, doing good, as well as eschewing evil.” Believers should be known as the most productive people of all ...Read More

  • Final Greetings to Titus

    Titus 3:15

    Take time today to skim through Titus and reflect on the ways the grace of God has been manifested in your life both in your salvation and in the many gifts that have been given to you. Express your thanks ...Read More