Review: Paul tells Titus to tell his churches, probably on the island of Crete to lead Godly lives (3:1-11)…Have good relations with non-Christians (3:1-2)…The reason for the good works is we live by the Grace of God (3:3-8)…Be forewarned, heretics are among your numbers (3:9-11)…Final remarks and a benediction (3:12-15).
Analysis: Gods people are to submit to government authority (3:1, cp. Rom. 13:1-7, 1 Tim. 2:1-2), avoid quarreling, and show common decency to those around them (3:2)…To be brief, Christians should be good citizens…This (3:3-7) amounts to a metamorphosis , moving from the temporal state of wretchedness to the eternal state of grace…Certainly, Paul hints at baptism (3:5-7) and the idea of it washing away the former sin-riddled existence…There’s little doubt we’re called to “good works” (3:8) because they are good…It seems a 3-step process exists for dealing with the malcontents…Step 1.) Avoid foolish talk with them (3:9, cp. 1 Tim. 1:3-7)…Step 2.) The Pastor should warn the problem person twice (3:10, cp. 2 Tim. 2:23-26)…Step 3.) The Pastor should then send them out (3:10)…Finally, Paul closes, again reminding about “good works’ (3:14).