Jan 19, 2015 |Zealous

Zeal For Truth

01.19.15 | Zealous

Zeal For Truth

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Zeal: fervor for a person, a cause, or an object; it’s eager desire; it’s enthusiastic diligence, great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

 – Dictionary.com

Titus was a trustworthy person – who cared for God’s people and helped shepherd God’s church.

But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. (2 Corinthians 8:16-17, 22-23)

Apostle Paul’s focus in life was to preach the gospel message to as many people as possible, no matter the circumstance.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior; (Titus 1:1-3)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

We must land on what the Bible teaches and the Bible teaches to take responsibility to share the gospel message to everyone around us.

“Simply put, this doctrine states that if God chooses individuals for salvation, then he must likewise choose individuals for eternal damnation. This may appear to be a logical extension of divine election, but the Scriptures do not teach this doctrine. The biblical theologian must stop where the biblical text stops, even though some issues appear to remain unresolved.

– New American Commentary: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Lea and Griffin

Titus, being a faithful servant, was given the responsibility to properly appoint leaders for the new churches.

To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (Titus 1:4)

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (Titus 1:5-8)

if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:6-9)

As believers, we must have zeal in protecting the purity of the Gospel for the sake of other believers.

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:9)

For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. (Titus 1:10)

They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. (Titus 1:11)

When you have sound, healthy teaching – you have sound, healthy growing Christ followers.

One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, (Titus 1:12-13)

not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:14-16)

The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe in it – boldly proclaim it to those around you.

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