This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:8 NIV)
The task that Titus is given is no small endeavour. At the start of the letter, Paul referred to finishing the work started in Crete. It was not just about appointing elders, it was about delivering vital teaching so that the community of grace would reflect what God desired.
As he concludes his remarks, Paul brilliantly contrasts how deluded and deceived wewe were before Christ and the great change that has taken place because of Christ. His desire is for Titus to focus on this trustworthy saying in teaching the church. Such should be his focus that he won’t take up his time with the sort of foolishness that can be spread in the community by the disruptive types.
These things that Titus has been instructed to do highlights the degree to which he is trusted. He is trusted to order the church in Crete. He is trusted to teach what goes for sound doctrine. He is trusted to deliver the trustworthy message of Christ so that people will be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. He is trusted to teach it and exemplify it. He is trusted to appoint men who can be trusted to carry it on after he moves on. He is trusted and highly regarded as Paul looks forward to their meeting up again once another trusted brother comes along to carry on the work.
God trusts His men and women to be about the business of carrying out these instructions as well so that the community ofof grace will be set up properly along lines of truth. So that communities of grace can be trusted to be completely devoted to doing good.
Grace to those who are about this glorious task.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden