Titus chapter 1 verse 15 through chapter 2 verse 1
15 All is pure to those who are pure. But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him, since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.
2:1 But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with sound teaching.
All is pure to those who are pure-
A) All – at first, it’s hard to know what the -all- is referring too, but Paul defines what he is talking about later in the passage. He mentions three things: the mind, the conscience, and deeds. The Jewish fables and man-made commands mentioned in the previous passage were created by corrupt men’s minds, consciences, and deeds.
B) pure – the Greek word for Pure means clean.
C) to those who are pure – meaning those who hold tight to healthy teaching mentioned earlier, verse 1:9, and have a healthy faith, verse 1:13 in Christ alone.
- Positionally in their standing before God, they are perfectly pure by God’s forgiveness and imputation of Christ’s righteousness through faith in Christ.
- Practically speaking, this phrase is hyperbole and means that the believer’s mind, and conscience are being purified by regeneration of the Holy Spirit and by the renewing of the mind through God’s Word causing them to do pure deeds in accord with the gospel.
Titus 3:5 (NET) 5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit…
Romans 12:2 (NET) 2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
Discussion Question: How has your life been practically purified in your thinking, conscience, and deeds since being a follower of Jesus?
But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving –
A) those – meaning those mentioned in verse 1:10: rebellious people, idle talkers, and deceivers, especially the Judaizers; and to those mentioned in verse 1:14 who reject the truth and create myths and man-made commands; and to those unbelievers in general.
B) Corrupt means their teaching and or their faith is stained, polluted, defiled, and contaminated. They believed to be saved they must mix both their faith in Jesus along with Moses’ ceremonial laws, Jewish myths, and man-made commands.
C) Unbelieving means they were actively disbelieving that Salvation was by faith alone in Christ alone without the keeping of the ceremonial laws of Moses and man-made commands.
nothing is pure – again hyperbole meaning the things mentioned next…
but both their minds and consciences are corrupted –
A) mind is the intellect, understanding, thinking, and judgement.
B) conscience is the ability to distinguish what is morally good or bad
C) corrupted means their mind and conscience are stained, polluted, defiled, and contaminated which affect their decisions and their distinguishing the proper moral thing to do.
Hebrews 9:13,14 (NET) 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.
Do you remember your mind and conscience being in darkness before being enlightened? What examples do you remember?
What kind of teaching comes from this type of mind and conscience?
How can we pray for someone in this spiritual condition?
They profess to know God –
A) They – means the false teachers whose minds and consciences are corrupted.
B) Profess – means they acknowledge and give accent to know God.
but with their deeds they deny him –
A) But – means in contrast to what they profess
B) Their Deeds – means their business, their work, their toil.
C) Deny him – means their deeds contradict their profession.
1 John 2:4 (NET) 4 The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person.
Discussion Question: what is the difference in the heart between a professing false Christian who has deeds that deny his faith vs a professing true Christian who is struggling with sin?
since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed-
A) since – means the reason why their walk does not match their talk is because they are…
B) detestable -meaning they merit intense dislike (Webster English dictionary) ; or abominable – meaning they cause disgust (Webster English dictionary).
C) disobedient – the Greek means unpersuadable.
D) unfit – Greek means unapproved – meaning not usable or worthless. For example, building materials that are not approved for use.
E) for any good deed – means that they cannot do good works pleasing to God because of their disgusting actions, unpersuadable attitude, and unusable spiritual condition.
But as for you –
A) But – is a conjunction contrasting the above person with…
B) You – meaning Titus, one of the pure ones, who is to…
communicate the behavior that goes with sound teaching –
A). Communicate – the Greek means to speak.
B). Behavior that goes – the Greek means stands out, tower-up, or conspicuous. Titus should speak things that stand out and are in accord with..
C). Sound teaching – the Greek is our word for hygiene and means healthy teaching. Several specific good teachings are mentioned in the next passage of scripture.
How can we uplift good teaching in our family, church, and society?
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Does your conduct show forth your cleansing?
Don’t forget the way you were before I awakened you. Remember how you were controlled by your flesh. Your thinking was so selfish. Your conscience was very dull. But now your thinking is sharpening because you are born again and have studied My words. Your conscience is awakening and becoming more aware of right and wrong. You still sin much, but you are now pierced to the heart because you see it as detestable. Now you have some desires to do good works with the motive of genuinely helping others for their own benefit. Even when pride creeps in after doing good, your conscience is now more aware of that sin which tries to ruin your good motive. Of course, you have much much growing still to do. Your thinking needs to be clearer. Your conscience is still foggy.
Do you see how your heart has changed for the better when you sin? Though you fall into sin, you rightly agree that it is sin and agree with Me that this should not be done. You rightly do not justify your sin. You are sad for your sin. You repent for your sin. You continue to trust My Son’s work on the cross for forgiveness from your sins. These changes are only because of the purification I am doing in your heart.
Pray for those who are still lost. Pray that I may give them a spiritual birth to regenerate their thoughts and conscience. Pray that I would change the disposition of their heart that they would willingly repent and choose Me.
Uplift good behavior! When someone does good, encourage them. Set the light of good works on a candlestick. This is even more important as your culture is changing fast to call that which is right as wrong and that which is wrong as right.