What Is Sanctification? Part 3


 

Titus 2 and 3 gives us not only a window, but also an open door to the understanding of what sound doctrine really is. Verse one gives us the introduction,

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: (NKJV)

Definitions:

  • Sound: To be healthy, sound, physically well.

  • Doctrine: Teaching or instruction

From this verse on we see a detailed list of what sound doctrine is:

A. To The Older Men:

  1. Verse 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;

Definitions:

  • Temperate: To be sober. Sober, temperate, self–controlled, especially in respect to wine.[1]

  • Dignified: Venerable, reverend, reputable, dignified. Semnós represents not only earthly dignity (kósmios [2887]), but that which is derived from a higher citizenship, a heavenly one, which is the possession of all believers. There lies something of majestic and awe–inspiring qualities in semnós which does not repel but rather invites and attracts [2]

  • Sensible: understanding. Discreet, sober, temperate, of a sound mind (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8; 2:2, 5); self–disciplined in one’s freedom, self–restrained in all passions and desires.[3]

  • Sound in faith: Healthy belief in the truth,[4]

  • In love: Agape; unconditional love.

  • In Perseverance: To persevere, remain under. A bearing up under, patience, endurance as to things or circumstances. [5]

 B. To The Older Women:

2. Verse 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

C. To The Young Men:

3. Verse 6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Definitions:

 C. To the Employees:

4. Verse 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

D. To Everyone:

5. Verse 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (This is the first work of grace: SALVATION)

6. Verse 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

E. To The Preacher and Teacher of God’s Word

7. Verse 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Definitions:

  • Despise: To think above or beyond a thing, to ignore, despise, with the gen[7]

      From Titus 2:2 to Titus 2:15 we have a list of things concerning the way we should live that tells us what sound doctrine is all about. Sound Doctrine is about how to live a sanctified life. I must add that Titus Chapter 3 is also directed to the ministers in terms of what to specifically teach.

      We can spend weeks, months or perhaps years breaking down the meaning of every word in these verses, and, I believe that we all should in order to gain a deeper understanding. However, the heart of my point is that when we talk about sound doctrine we are not talking about something complicated, we are talking about the simplicity of the explanation of how to reflect God in all we do.

To be continued…


[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[2] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[3] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[4] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[5] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

intrans (intransitive)

[6] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

gen (genitive)

[7] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

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