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Daily Bible Reading (Monday, October 9th)


Titus 1 (ESV)



Paul, a servant[a] of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began[b]and at the proper time manifested in his word[c] through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;

To Titus, my true child in a common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[d] and his children are believers[e] and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer,[f] as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[g] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.[h] 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans,[i] a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”[j] 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.


  1. Titus 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Titus 1:2 Greek before times eternal
  3. Titus 1:3 Or manifested his word
  4. Titus 1:6 Or a man of one woman
  5. Titus 1:6 Or are faithful
  6. Titus 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos
  7. Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13
  8. Titus 1:10 Or especially those of the circumcision
  9. Titus 1:12 Greek One of them
  10. Titus 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete


I am always challenged by the reminder of the elder's qualifications and responsibilities. I don't ever want to take them lightly. I understand that my usefulness to God is not dependent on my abilities or training but rather on the character of my life. I must keep watch over myself first or I am no good to anyone else. Also the call to instruct in sound doctrine and to rebuke those who contradict it is serious business requiring my utmost efforts and a high commitment to the Lord because people might not always respond well to either sound doctrine or rebuke.

Verse 1 introduces a recurring theme we will see throughout Titus--knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness. How often we separate truth from action, how often we deceive ourselves into thinking we are okay because we intellectually understand truth. If we are not living it out (see Titus 2:1-10), if it is not coming out of a heart devoted to God, we aren't truly understanding truth.

Have you ever wondered if you have Cretan ancestors? I was lost in my web of my lies. My mind and conscience was defiled. I needed to be rebuked and taught sound doctrine. I was a generic sinner in absolute need of a pure and holy savior, and I did not care. But according to His perfect and will He saved. What a miracle of grace, what amazing grace!

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