Paul admonishes Titus to live a life of integrity that has the moral purity which lines up in secret, with the pure doctrine that he proclaimed in public.
This is the next desire God expresses in His listing of:
The Character of
God is ever seeking for us to live out His Truth in a World Adrift.
v. 6 “Likewise exhort the young men”:
1. “to be sober-minded”, v. 7: First in any godly man’s life is a firm resolve to Live a Restrained Life in an Unrestrained World;
2. “in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works”: Next, these men seek to Follow Christ In A Christ-less World;
3. “in doctrine showing integrity” : This is the call to the personal integrity of Believe Right so we Behave Right;
The context of this third exhortation is that while the doctrine we teach is vital, there must be integrity. Our life must match what we say that we believe.
Paul has already challenged Titus to be an example of purity in doctrine in 1:9 and 2:1.
But now Paul turns to the hand that holds the Bible, the mouth that speaks the Word, and the life that is used in teaching others—that life must have consistency with that pure, orthodox, doctrine.
Listen to how the top translations render this next quality:
• KJV: 7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
• NKJV 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility
• NASB: 7in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
• ESV: 7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
• NIV: 7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
The word that the Holy Spirit guides Paul to use is aphthoria [Strongs # 90: purity]. This word is actually a negative form of a descriptive word for being morally corrupt and vile—thus it means “not morally depraved”. In Paul’s day this word (without the “not” added) was often used of morally depraved people such as rapists, seducers, and abortionists.
Now as we turn back to Acts 20:17, may I remind you of an old truth? “There is nothing new under the Sun”, that’s what God's Word said three thousand years ago through Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:9). When it comes to the state of Christ's Church, that truth is very helpful, because:
Satan’s Play Book
Is Very Old
Satan has just one old playbook. His lies and tricks are old, have been used repeatedly through the centuries, and are all clear to spot. Each generation of believers faces very new and real attacks of these very old and familiar lies and deceptions.
Satan’s original pack of deceptive lies is in Genesis 3. They are still with us. Remember the tools Satan used in the Garden of Eden? Let me just state them again for you as we prepare to see them in action as we read our text. Satan convinced Eve to—
• Doubt God's Word: “Hath God said” (An attack on whether God has even spoken);
• Doubt God's Plan: “ye shall not surely die” (An attack on the Penal Substitutionary Atonement—only those who will trust in the perfect death of God’s Substitute will be saved).
• Doubt God’s Authority over Life: “your eyes shall be opened” (An attack on Biblical Epistemology—whether God's Word is the source of truth to live life God’s way.)