Paul reminds Titus of the glorious truths of salvation. We are not saved by works. We are saved because the “kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared” through Jesus Christ. And, as a result, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. The Spirit is not only our guarantee of eternal life, but also the force that helps us to live for God in this life. So, Titus needs to keep reminding the church that they now have the power and ability to:
- Be subject to the authorities.
- Not slander others.
- Be peaceful and gentle, showing courtesy to all.
- Because they don’t want to be like they were!
- And avoid controversy in the church, especially about those things that are useless.
As we seek to apply those truths to our own lives, we may have trouble relating to the controversies Paul is referring to on Crete. One modern day example could be the return of Christ. Yes, it’s going to happen, but do we need to fight about how it’s going to happen? 🙂