Grace Energized Men - Don't Waste Your Life (2 of 31) by John Barnett

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Grace Energized Men - Don't Waste Your Life (2 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
October 28, 2007

In Titus 2:2, God tells older men to make a choice: "You can invest your life, or waste your life-its up to you!" Think about those choices as we look at this crucial portion of Scripture for every man who knows Christ!

Paul asked Titus to be on the lookout for "older" men to enlist in the training of younger men. Before we examine that training course, who exactly would make up the list of "older" and "younger" men?

In Philemon, Paul describes himself with the same word we find in Titus 2:2. Let's turn there for a moment.

Philemon 9 yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you-being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ-NKJV

"Paul the aged" (?a???? p?esß?t??) is a place where we see the very same word as the one used in Titus 2:2. When the event in Acts 7:58 is recounted, Paul is there described as a young man [?ea??a?] when he stood as a witness to the stoning of Stephen.

Acts 7:58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. NKJV

Who are the Older Ones
in Christ's Church?

In Philemon, we know from the chronology of the New Testament that Paul is either at age 60 or close to it, so that means that when he speaks of the older man he may be using a cultural designation from his day that called men of 50+ "older men". In secular Greek literature we find Hippocrates (the father of medicine) calling men presbutes when they are between the ages of 49 to 56 and geron (as in gerontology) after that.[1]

We also know that within Biblical parameters, God established that Levites would retire at age 50 to assist and mentor the younger priests[2] (Num 8:24-26).

Numbers 8:24-26 "This is what pertains to the Levites: From twenty-five years old and above one may enter to perform service in the work of the tabe ...

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