Today’s passage of the bible teaches on standards by which an elder or a Bishop of a church should be appointed.
An elder is expected to be blameless, married to one woman while his children must be level headed.
A bishop must be blameless, serve in the House of God, married to a wife, his children must be well behaved, not self-willed, greedy, temperamental, no brawler or sticker. He is expected to be holy, sober minded, self-controlled and most of all, sound in knowledge and teaching of the word of God; such that he is able to convince those who are not in faith to accept Christ and turn from their evil ways.
To the defiled and unbelievers, nothing is pure to them; they profess they know God but they do abominable things, but to the pure all things are pure.
We are expected to be role models by all standards in our Christian Journey. It is not enough to profess we know God. Godly living is the true evidence of our belief in Him.
I am a role model worthy of emulation in Jesus name.
Reading – Titus 1
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie,promised before the beginning of time, 3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to lightthrough the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good
5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint[a] eldersin every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[b] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[c] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
- Titus 1:5 Or ordain
- Titus 1:6 Or children are trustworthy
- Titus 1:12 From the Cretan philosopher Epimenides