ETS Sermon 110413 – Considering Significance – Philippians 4:13 – November 4, 2013

Titus, An Insignificant Gentile (Non-Jew).

Very little is known about Titus.  Paul’s letter to him was written while Paul was in his fourth missionary journey, and probably was dated between A.D. 62 to A.D. 64.  Titus was a Gentile who had accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior through the teachings of Paul.  Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but he was taken to Jerusalem by Paul early in his missionary work.  It was there that Paul refused to have Titus circumcised.  It appears that Titus traveled with Paul on his second and third missionary journeys, and accompanied him during part of Paul’s fourth missionary journey.  Titus was trusted by Paul to deal with delicate situations that were taking place in the early church.

Consider Noah.

Genesis. Chapter 7:1, “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” 4, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 7, So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 10, And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 13, …Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark.  21And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. Chapter 8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.”  Chapter 9: 18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.

Consider Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Shem was the father of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Ham was the father of such people groups as those who settled in Ninevah, Babylon, and Sodom and Gomorrah.  Japheth was the father of the people groups of Gomer, Magog, Tubal, and Meshech (Genesis Chapter 10).

Consider The Descendants Of Abraham.

From the twelfth chapter of Genesis we see that God led the descendants of Jacob, the semetic people, the Hebrews, the Jews. Consequently, the families of Ham and Japheth did not know, “intimately,” the teachings of the Jews, which included the law  that God gave to Moses, the feasts of the Jews, and the covenants.  It also included the prophetic scriptures that pointed to Jesus as being the Messiah.

Consider The Apostle Paul, A Descendant Of Abraham.

Romans 11:1 “I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”

Titus 1:4, Titus, Led To Faith In Jesus By Paul 1Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, 3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith : Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Galatians 2:1-3, The Council at Jerusalem – Titus, A Gentile, Prevented By Paul From Being Circumcised 1Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private * to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. 3 But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. (See Highlights Of The Council Of Jerusalem Below, Acts 15)

Acts 15:1, Judaizers False Teaching:  1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless * you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot * be saved.”

Acts 15:9, 11, Peter’s Affirmation Of Salvation By Faith Through Grace:  (9),and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. (11) “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

Acts 15:19-20, Declaration Of James (Brother Of Jesus, Leader Of Jerusalem Church): 19″Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

Acts 15:28-29, Letter Of Declaration To The Churches: 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials : 29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication ; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

Summation Of Council Of Jerusalem:  Salvation is by faith through grace.  Gentiles are not under the law, but should avoid giving offense to Godly Jews. Titus was a part of this test case.

Titus, Epistle:  Titus Became Paul’s Representative On The Island Of Crete, And In The Province Of Dalmatia:  To Appoint Elders And To Correct False Teaching.

Titus 1:5, Appoint Elders: For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

Titus 1:10-14, Correct False Teaching 10For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

2 Timothy 4:10, Titus Sent To Dalmatia (Present Day Croatia):  10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica ; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

Consider The Great Commission:

Matthew 28:18-20 – 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19″Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always *, even to the end of the age.”

Consider: “even to the end of the age.”

Consider:  Titus, An Insignificant Gentile.

Consider You:  Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Consider The Holiness Of God.  Revelation 4:8-11

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” Revelation 4:8
         
Holy are you Lord -Terry MacAlmon
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