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Titus: Making Jesus Look Good (19 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
Introduction: The theme of Titus is found at the beginning and the end. ''Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness-'' (1:1). ''Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives'' (3:14). These two verses form the book ends that encircle the book. The whole letter is about making the case for this principle-truth leads to godliness. Followers of Jesus must do what is good! No exceptions. Christians do good not just for their own sake, but also for Christ's sake. Our goal is to make the message of Jesus look good.
Did you catch how that statement comes out again and again in the text I read? Paul cites various groups and the responsibility of each to live a right life. He ends each with a similar appeal. Older women are to train young women to do good ''so that no one will malign the word of God'' (2:5). Young men are to live right ''so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us'' (Titus 2:8). Slaves are to live respectable lives ''so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive'' (2:10).
This isn't limited to Titus. This is a constant theme in the New Testament. Listen to these other passages:
13''You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14''You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Fat ...
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