We’ve already noted that Titus stayed in Crete for a purpose which gave him a voice to speak into the lives of those he served. As we will see in Titus 2:1, it was important that it be both a contrasting and consistent voice.
Notice how Titus 2:1 begins, “You, however, must teach …” The conjunction (“however”), often translated “but” points to a contrast. But, to what? We find the answer back in chapter one.
Why a Contrasting Voice?
False teaching marked the world in which they lived.
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception … disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach – and that for the sake of dishonest gain. (Titus 1:10-11)
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (Titus 1:16)
How will people know and believe the truth? It begins with leaders who “hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught” who can then “encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9). Titus was to appoint such elders, or overseers, in every town (Titus 1:5).
And, it would take teachers, speaking into the lives of those they teach in ways that stand in contrast to the false teaching. And so we read, “You, however, must teach …” At times that would require Titus to refute and correct (Titus 1:10-16) but it would also include teaching a better way (Titus 2:2-15).
Implications for Today’s Bible Teachers
We too live in a world filled with false teaching. Children and teens undoubtedly hear it in their schools where they’re taught mere theories as truth. Adults encounter it in the workplace and talking with their neighbors. Television, movies, the Internet, and other media put it on full display.
“You, however …” must speak into their lives in ways that help understand the fallacy and harmfulness of their thinking.
“You, however …” must speak into their lives in ways that let them know that …
- just because something might “seem” right doesn’t mean it “is” right or good. (Prov. 14:12)
- just because a lot of people go down that road doesn’t mean it’s right or good. (Matt. 7:13)
God’s ways are higher (Isa. 55:9). He sees the big picture. He knows what’s best. As the One of whom there’s none greater, it only makes sense that He determines what is right and good.
As Bible teachers who want to stand on the truth of God’s Word, let’s make sure we’re not always in the mode of refuting, or pointing out what wrong and bad. We can have just as much of a contrasting voice by focusing on what is right and good.