Posts Tagged ‘Pastoral Epistle’


Titus 3:1-5
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

As I meet more and more Bible believing Christians, I am beginning to sense how important our present time is. We live in a broken and hurting world and all around us, people are suffering in some form or the other. For some, it is physical, to some emotional, to some material. We just got back from a vacation on Vancouver Island and it was such a blessing to know that the owner of the bed and breakfast we stayed at was a passionate Christian who lived Christ every moment of her day. As we spoke, we realized how God has been using believers in present time to encourage each other and share God’s goodness to the world in ways like never before and this is completely spirit led. In these times of strife and disappointment, why is God encouraging us to remind people about being willing to be submit to those in authority, to be good to one another, to seek peace and be humble? Would the world not get us before we even try?  (more…)

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Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Earlier in the chapter, Paul instructs Titus about how he should instruct the young and old men and women in his flock to live their lives so as to glorify God and also instructs Titus about how he should conduct himself so as to be an example to his flock for the glory of God. It would be awesome if everyone who heard simply complied and went with the flow but I don’t suppose that was the case because even today in Churches, challenges exist among it’s members and pastors spend considerable time ministering to people affected or causing the issues. How then does Paul say (in the passage above) that by God’s grace alone are we are able to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions? (more…)


Titus 1:15-16
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. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

As I read the verses above, I thought they were rather harsh. Most people don’t consider themselves pure and holy but don’t also consider themselves corrupt and impure either. If one is not pure, there certainly must be some middle-ground that God would see them by because most humans are not murderers, adulterers, thieves, criminals or anything that the law would look at as ‘out of order’ from normal society. Why does Paul go on this trip about the impure and then takes it to the next level by calling them detestable and unfit for doing anything good? What is God saying to us today?

A challenge with reading the word of God is never to take anything out of context because the context is relevant to what is being spoken. Here Paul talks about people who lead the Church astray by following myths and doctrines that are outside of the Bible and therefore misleading other followers of Christ. As far as God’s standards for man, the word of God is very clear that all human kind has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When we consider our lives, we may not be considered a criminal in the eyes of the world but to God, a lie, an ill thought, etc are all sinful and this is something all humans are guilty of. God’s standards are much higher than ours and therefore to be able to connect with God, we need to reach His standards which is impossible. However, Jesus Christ was sent by God, His own father, to live among us, to show us what God expected of us, and was killed because we rejected Him and after 3 days was resurrected to show that He was greater than sin and death and to those who believed in Him, He offered us a way back to God the Father through His shed blood on the cross. Are you saved by God’s abundant grace or sold to the Devil?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Titus 3:3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.


2 Timothy 2:11-13
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

Recently a young man approached me requesting help him find God. This young man sought the God of the Bible because everywhere else he turned, he found no peace. He is at a challenging point in his life where he needs to make critical decisions and try as he might with all his worldly wisdom and guidance, he does not have peace. We agreed to start reading through the gospel of John, a chapter a day and exchanging our thoughts. We started with chapter 1 and to my amazement, the Holy Spirit took over and worked so powerfully in him that this young man, 9 chapters down has accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior, seeks God with his heart and soul daily, loves the Word and seems to have a peace like never before. Was this the faith Paul had that made him so different from us? Was this the reason he was endowed with wisdom far beyond that of most men?

The challenge with the Christian faith is that to many, it is an easy faith. There are no set requirements, no rituals, there is little that one needs to do to be called a Christian and therefore it becomes an easy choice or an easy option to pass. The world looks at us as Christians and find us no different from them, find our goals and aspirations no different from theirs and therefore consider us foolish in our faith. When we are offered a totally new start, a forgiven past and an eternal future in heaven with God and all this at no cost to us, what are we willing to do for it? Would all of that be worth suffering for and would we not want to share this great news with everyone around us so that they may share in this heavenly inheritance not attainable by man? Our choice today is to live in the world like the world and die in the world or be counted worthy to be called Christian and live a faith that is Christ-like. Are you willing to die with Christ to therefore live and reign with Him?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

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2 Timothy 1:8-10, 12
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel… That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

Most people I know including myself aspire to live quite lives that are not tied up in unwanted publicity and strewn with suffering and hurt. Our goal is generally to enjoy lives with those we love, to be good citizens, work less and earn more, live peaceable lives and leave a legacy of goodness for our future generations. Paul was of a different mould and seemed to attract the wrath of those in authority, had a way of getting under their skin with his strong words and boldness, was obstinate about his beliefs and refused to budge on them, had a mob mentality and encouraged others to be like him or so it seems from his letters. Why is there such a diametrical difference between Paul as a man of God and us? What is God’s word to us today?

Paul was a passionate man who lived to share his beliefs, whether as Saul or as Paul. His transformation was brought about by God who chose him for His own purpose and used Paul’s passion to share the gospel instead of rejecting it. To live as a Christ follower is to live as one who opposes the world because the world aspires to glorify the Devil and his ideals whereas Christ lived to serve God and direct the world to Him. To an unbeliever, it might sound like I’ve lost my plot about who is right from wrong but when we examine the life of Jesus through the Bible, we understand the difference between the lie we live and the life we forgo. To the believer in Christ, to live a life that pleases the Devil is to live an unperturbed life where we co-exist with the world but to live for Christ is to accept a life full of challenges because we take a stand against the Devil and for Jesus who destroyed death and gave us life everlasting through His death and resurrection. Are you ashamed to live for Christ?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Mark 8:38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

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1 Timothy 5:1-3, 5, 8, 24-25
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need… The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help… If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever… The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.

In the days when Paul wrote this letter to Timothy advising him on how to be a better pastor the elderly, the children, the youth and the widows were treated with less respect than adult men. Widows were the outcast in society and people lived only considering themselves and their desires, not those of their families and people around them. Times have changed and people regardless of age, sex or situation in life are now considered equal in most parts of the progressive world. In these days, what is the need for God to remind us of something as basic as this? Do we not love and respect everyone around us and give charity to organizations that support the poor, homeless, suffering, etc? Is there more that we need to do? We do not have the time, resources or energy to do more than we already are, right?

What Paul suggested to Timothy was a culture change and showed the heart of God. The Church is less an organization and more the representation of God’s love. It is not a corporate body or a physical structure, rather it is a group of sinful and helpless people brought together by the love of God, saved by the grace of God, for the purpose of giving God the glory and supporting and upholding each other in the process. The church is not a body that represents the world and it’s sinfulness but is a representation of God and his forgiving nature and is an oasis of hope to the world. Do we consider anyone less deserving of our love and if so, is that what God would desire of us? Are there any in our families who need caring and we have failed to notice because we are caught up in the busy-ness of our lives? Are we living outwardly as christians but inwardly lost and therefore trashing our testimony of God’s grace in our lives? Lets take the plank out of our eyes before we point at the dirt in others lives.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Proverbs 10:9 He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

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1 Timothy 4:1-5, 7-8
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer… Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

I find it hard to believe that this passage was written close to 2,000 years ago and is so pertinent today. It is as though it was written just a few years back looking at its present relevancy. The whole message of the Bible is completely relevant today as it was since time began because it is the word of God. As I was praying just moments ago, the one thought that stuck in my mind was that the greatest solution to all of mankind was love. Not human, broken, selfish, immoral, ill-meaning, crude, biased, despicable love but God’s love. We the people of this world are so lost in our own selves and our desires that we can never see eye to eye with each other and only love that is not from within us but from above can bind us together. If that is the case, why are we being warned of people misleading us in following this God of love?

As I continue this journey with Christ, I realize that often times I am trying to be bigger than God and in that there is no blessing but only condemnation. I sometimes worry if people follow me rather than Christ because I’m the bearer of the word and so I’m considered wise. The truth is that without Christ, there is no me and no word and no love and so I pray that Jesus is the one glorified and not us as humans. In the same way, in ministry people grow in knowledge and understanding of God and fall away because of weak Christian foundations and find temporary glory in the eyes of fellow men and therefore pursue that regardless of where it leads them. There are many who are lost and seeking and yearn to have someone to see and follow and therefore are led astray and there are few that find the truth of Jesus and follow Him all the days of their lives and bless many. The Bible is God’s word and our guide to life and therefore lets use it to guide us in this journey till we are face to face with our Lord and Maker. Lets train ourselves to be godly for that is what the Lord wills for us in His word.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

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