Thursday, December 30, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Fifty-Two

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Two, Titus

Today's reading contains a short letter to Titus, a young man whom Paul also refers to as his "son in the faith."  Titus had been working with the church in Crete, and this letter reads similarly to I Timothy, as it contains similar instructions.  Paul begins by talking about qualifications for elders and deacons in the church.  He also warns against false teachers and false doctrines.

Paul goes on to talk about teaching various groups within the church, but he goes into a little more detail here than he did with the letter to Timothy.  He ends the letter to Titus talking about the importance of living a righteous life.  He instructs, "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."  He reminds them that "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.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."

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