Many of you have heard of the Titus 2 woman. Well, it is the description in….Titus 2. Anyway, I have to point out my FAVORITE scripture in this reading. Here is your testimony, God’s Grace AND your PURPOSE all in one paragraph:
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
OK, the above hit my heart hard. But how about this one:
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Crete: a Greek Island (where it was said Zeus, the greek god was born) (look for island on bottom)
Crete was one of the first places to hear the Gospel preached since some were at the scene of Pentecost and saw the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! Paul writes to Titus, who was a Gentile, for the same reasons he writes to Timothy. However, the emphasis in this book is good works.
We have all settled the issue of Salvation as a Gift that Jesus paid for with his life. Think about that. That does not make us a slave under bondage, but a bond servant. What do I mean? Jesus has paid the price for our life. He paid the bond to set us free. So what do we do now? We have been bought with a price. Well, what does He ask? We are saved BY Him FOR good works. Why else are we here?