Titus 3:6-10
Titus 3:6 (KJB)
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
He shed - Pouring out
Abundantly - Rich or wealthy
Paul continues from verse 5 stating that the Holy Spirit has been abundantly poured out on the believer. (Acts 10:45 KJV) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. Of course, the passage is speaking of the abundance of the indwelling which every true believer in Christ receives. (Eph 1:3 KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According to Ephesians 1:3, we have received all the spiritual blessings we will need to live the Christian life in this world. It is a shame that so many still look for the gift of tongues when it ended in the first century. What we have today is plain gibberish. There is no such thing as a full and partial gospel. Every believer receives the full gospel because they receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation and there is no second blessings. The believer is blessed from the moment they are saved.
Titus 3:7 (KJB)
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
True Christians are justified by grace and never through the law or through a series of church sponsored good works and rituals. Being justified by grace is the same as regeneration as it too points to salvation. As true believers, in Christ, we have become heirs of eternal life in Heaven. An heir of something does not have to work for the inheritance. A son receives the inheritance of an estate upon the death of his parents, does he work for it or is he entitled to it based upon the works and wishes of the parents? The reason we are heirs is because we have been adopted into God’s family and as such, receive the benefits of that full adoption, through Christ, and part of that inheritance that we receive is eternal life, which right now is the hope of every believer. Soon the hope shall be turned into sight when we are translated into glory, either by our home going or the return of the Lord.
Titus 3:8 (KJB)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Might be careful - To consider carefully
To maintain - Give attention to or engage in
Profitable - Beneficial or useful
The passage is now summarizing the effect of the past few passages. Since the believer is an heir of Heaven in the Lord Jesus Christ and because we were justified by grace, this does not mean we are to stop engaging in good works. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. As Christians, God has saved us and has ordained good works for us to do. This is because we must not sit around and be lazy, put on our white robes, sit on a mountain top and wait for the Lord. Our Christian lives must be involved in spiritual activities. We must continue to send forth the gospel to the ends of the earth until the Lord ends it by His return. There are too many Christians who have succumbed to the idea that they no longer have to do anything because they are saved. Well that is a wrong attitude because we are to be busy in the Lord’s work by engaging in those works which God has ordained for us to do. This is why we have spiritual gifts, so we may be empowered to do those works. These good works are profitable unto all even if some unbelievers reap some of the benefits of our works, it will show the goodness of God and remember our active Christian lives will be a method whereby the grace of God will appear unto all people.
Titus 3:9 (KJB)
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Avoid - To turn oneself about and face the other way
Foolish - Stupid or dull
Contentions - Quarrels, battles, or conflicts
Strivings - Discord or fight
Unprofitable - Useless
Vain - Empty, idle, or worthless
Here Paul is giving some of the best advice he can to Titus. There will be those who live for debate and they will invent all kinds of ridiculous questions which really have no reason for being asked. The Jews were big on genealogies because it was these they looked at to see if a person was a real member of Israel. The false teachers would always come with some kind of agenda which would degenerate into a conflict and would cause divisions among their hearers. These things are useless and worthless because these scenarios would only tend to divide and never edify because out of one question there will always arise more questions which would only lead the argument deeper and cause more divisions. Paul wanted Titus to avoid that entire situation because it would only detract from the job which Titus had to do and would take needed time away from doing real ministry. It would also lead to sickness because those who seem to live for fighting will one day reap the benefits of always being in attack mode. Paul wanted Titus to turn the other way and walk away from these things.
Let me say that this scenario is alive and well on the Internet as there are many Christians who are just totally biblically illiterate trying to be somebody and just causing trouble for other Christians. It is unfortunate but these type of people must also be avoided because they do not bring the truth and are just trying to prove something on line they cannot do in real life plus many of them hide behind pseudonyms so they will not be found out. Avoid these troublemakers like the plague because they too will only waste your time and cause you much anxiety. In my years on the Internet since 1996, I have met many of these.
Titus 3:10 (KJB)
A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;
Heretic - Factious, divisive, or schismatic
Admonition - Warning, counsel, or instruction
The word “heretic” has had a progression of meaning over the ages. It actually means a person who is divisive. A person brings a teaching in and it is not orthodox according to the doctrines of that church, yet some people embrace it and it will cause a division in a local church. Later on the word “heretic” came to mean “someone who holds to false doctrine.” During the middle ages, the Roman Catholic church called those who held to the truth of Scripture, heretics. That is, because they did not yield to the teachings of the Roman Institution. A person is never a heretic because they are contrary to a church teaching, they are a heretic when they are contrary to the Bible’s teaching. The Bible is the standard and not a church. Paul tells Titus that if he encounters a person who holds to false doctrine, then after one or two warnings, they are to be totally rejected. They are not to be counted as a teacher but a heretic. That rejection includes disallowing them to teach, to become part of a church’s program, they are not to be approached for bible interpretation, they are to be treated as if they do not exist. If and when they see the errors of their way, then they can be received back into fellowship. This also has to apply to those outside the church as many Christians have left the church and are setting up house churches. The key is anywhere there is a person who espouses false doctrine, the true Christian is to avoid and reject.