“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“The Young Women” (2:4-5)
When the older women have attained to their priestly station v3, then they will be ready to train the younger women v4. There are seven items Paul mentions here. They are to love their husbands, their children, be self-controlled, pure, busy, kind, submissive. This young woman has her own kingdom, her home is her territory. This I know will cut across the natural inclinations of the modern Miss. However, if what we are being taught here is God’s pattern it must be accepted. This of course does not in any way, shape or form, justify men who would be selfish, petty tyrants. But what refreshing teaching it is, is it not, in these days of co-habitation instead of holy matrimony between one man and one woman. Endless nurseries instead of children being raised in a wholesome family context. Easy abortion instead of sexual responsibility and divorce unending. God’s way is always best, wholesome, sound. Much better than a world run on human philosophy.
What Paul is stating here is God’s pattern for love and marriage, for family life. The apostle Paul’s theology exalts womanhood, it does not denigrate her at all as some would suggest. He places upon women folk an awesome responsibility, she carries a burden that would break many a man (Ephesians 5:21-22). We all need to remember that we live in a world that is confused and twisted because it is a fallen world. God is seeking to redeem us, to give us back our true dignity. He justifies us freely and now in conjunction with his word and Holy Spirit is sanctifying, making us holy, fitting us for the new heavens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. This teaching we are receiving here from Paul is all part of that process.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)