Don’t worry, we haven’t been raptured… There is no new show because we are replaying Episode 15 on KRKS today because it didn’t make it on the air when it was supposed to. We decided to keep everything in sync between the radio and the blog so we will be releasing Episode 21 tomorrow.
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Today, we continue our exposition of Titus. We have been considering the qualifications of the eldership, and we have decided to take chapter 1 verses 7 and 8 as one unit, and we are still in verse 7. We pick up with the next requirement, that the elder not be addicted to wine, and we conclude with the requirement that he not be fond of sordid gain.
Today, we are going to continue with the long list of qualifications listed for the office of elder. We will first consider verses 7 and 8 together, which says, “For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled.”
Today, we continue our exposition of Titus 1 and cover the rest of verse 6, which says in reference to the qualifications of elders, “if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.” Today, we deal with the first three specific traits that should be present in any man appointed to the office of elder—above reproach, the husband of one wife, with children who believe.
Titus 1:6 says, “If any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.” Our focus today is on the phrase “if any man.” Before we can address the other qualifications of an elder, we have to determine if Paul is requiring that all elders be men. In today’s show, Jason addresses this issue by going beneath the doctrine of the eldership and considering the doctrine of authority.
Titus 1:5 says, “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.” Our focus today is on “setting in order what remains.” Paul ministered on the island of Crete at some point during his missionary journeys. We don’t know how much time he spent on the island, but we do know that there were something left wanting when he departed the island, and this is the reason Paul left Titus on the island… to set in order or to correct what remained or what was lacking and to appoint elders in every city.
Yesterday we spoke about the common faith uniting all of God’s people and did our best to call the Church to unite as we have been commanded. Today we continue in and finish Titus 1:4 by discussing the apostolic greeting. Specifically we discuss the terms grace and peace and Nick provides a primer in legal terminology and behavior in order to help us understand these terms. He argues that it is only when we understand these terms legally that the benediction has meaning and can truly be an encouragement to those receiving it.
Today we continue in our exposition of Titus chapter 1. Yesterday we finished verse 3 by discussing how our Lord was manifested at the proper time as prophet, priest and king. Today we are going to continue by moving on to verse 4. Paul is finishing up his greeting and calls Titus his son in the common faith. Nick begins by discussing the nature of this common faith. The remainder of this show is dedicated to discussing the problems with the splintered nature of the Church today and what we, God’s people, must do to unite the body of Christ.
Today, we address the proclamation within which the hope of eternal life was manifested. It is important to note that Paul says he was entrusted with this proclamation, not that he made the proclamation. This means that the proclamation existed beforehand and was given to Paul. So, the proclamation in which the hope of eternal life has been manifested is the proclamation with which Paul was entrusted. With what proclamation was Paul entrusted? The proclamation made by Christ’s life and ministry, which manifested Jesus as a Prophet, Priest, and King.
Today we take a break from Titus to discuss what it meant for our Lord to become man. Recently we have been discussing the manifestation of our Lord at the proper time. Today Nick will discuss what the manifestation actually means by answering the following questions. Why did God so order this universe so that He would become man? What did it mean for the second person of the trinity to take on the nature of man? And how should we revere our Lord because of what He became for our sake?