“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“Wholesome Doctrine” (Titus 2:1)
“But thou must” v1, that is over against the rebels (Titus 1:10-16). Titus, he must go on doing what he has been doing, that is, teaching sound, healthy, wholesome doctrine. The apostle urges, impresses upon the congregation, all ranks included to receive and express this sound teaching. By their daily living. Titus he must continue to fulfil this task. For him to simply mention these things is insufficient. As long as he holds this office of pastoral oversight over these congregations, he must continue to labour in the word. That is his calling under God and under the apostolic authority delegated and entrusted to him. By sound doctrine is meant more than simply right, orthodox. It includes that of course. It also means wholesome, that is to say it actually feeds the souls of those ministered to (Deuteronomy 8:3). And this teaching must come exclusively from the word, the Holy Scriptures.
For it is the Holy Scriptures, given, entrusted to us the church to equip the church for its own calling in the world, every good work (2Timothy 3:16-17). It is our spiritual pasture. It is where we are to graze daily and fatten our souls. The ministry of the church institute doesn’t do it, from that we learn to handle the Scripture, to think biblically. But we also have a responsibility for our spiritual well-being and growth. As our bodies are kept in a healthy condition by regular nourishment of good, healthy food, so too our souls are kept in good order by a well-regulated diet of wholesome, healthy Bible teaching. This is attained by profiting from the word (Hebrews 4:2). By regular, disciplined attendance at church, profiting from the primary means of grace, the ministry of the word. And by our own diligent, disciplined study of the Scriptures ourselves. As well as making disciples, we are instructed by Jesus to “teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)