(Titus 2:11-15 11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”)
Paul ends this passage to Titus with a review. Sort of an “in other words…” paragraph, and he makes the following key points that should be taught:
- The grace of God has allowed salvation to come to all who believe.
- Because of God’s graciousness through Jesus, we should honor Him by:
- -Saying “no” to ungodliness and worldliness.
- -Living self-controlled lives.
- -Living upright and godly lives in our age today.
- -Waiting for, and focusing on, the blessed hope, which is when Jesus returns.
- -Remember Jesus gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness.
- -Jesus purified us for Himself.
- -And since we belong to Jesus, we are to be eager to do what is good.
- -Making sure Jesus is LORD of our life.
- -Eager to do what is good. Salvation transforms lives, and through the knowledge of God’s Word and the help of the Holy Spirit, true Christians WANT to do good. Some un-saved person once said “show me your redeemed life, and I will then believe in your redeemer”. Make sure your lives show you are redeemed. Make sure your lives show Jesus is LORD.
- These all are the things Christian schools are to teach their students, as well as encourage or require from teachers, staff, and administration. School teachers and leaders are also to rebuke students if they do not do these things, and are to do so with all authority because these things all come from the Word of God. Notice these three sequential verbs: Teach…encourage…rebuke. Do you see the pattern there to follow? John MacArthur uses similar words in his commentary on this verse: “These three verbs identify the need for proclamation, application, and correction by the Word.” Please, please don’t forget to encourage. Students are in school to be taught, but they also desperately need encouragement, it is an essential component of the three.
- We are to hold fast to these things from the Word of God, and to not let anyone despise you for doing so. Do not allow any rebellion against Gods truth.
Is a student allowed to have free will? Absolutely! Free will, or choice, is paramount to Christianity. We are, however talking about schooling. (Teaching, and training.) We are to train a child to make right choices. We are to train a student’s heart. Give them a moral compass to help them make correct choices, a compass where the needle points to Jesus Christ, the author of morality. In other words, with free will, comes responsibility, and responsibility is based on a set of morals, values, or code of ethics. We are to teach our students that Jesus Christ is the author of that moral code of ethics, and His Word is the authority they are to be responsible to.
I want to punctuate that last item with this remark: A sound Christian school has as a priority the training of the students’ HEART, and understands that “heart work is hard work”, and is diligent to that endeavor.
This is another post in this series of Paul’s “letter” to Teachers & Christian schools. The next post will be next Monday (It is my 25th wedding anniversary in a few days, so will not have a post on Thursday.)