Living Soberly, Righteously and Godly
in This Present World
TEXT: Titus 2:12
THESIS: Reflection on Titus 2:12
SONG:”I Surrender All”
1. Titus 2:12 and the rest of
Titus is addressed to Christians (the church, the saved); it does not detail how to become a child
of God, but it details how the child of God should
be moved by the Word of God in Christian living.
2. Titus 2:12 is the summary
definition of the manifestation of true Christianity in the lives of Christians
and churches of Christ; while it is possible for individuals and churches to
appear to manifest Titus 2:12 when really they are corrupted with sin,
Christians and congregations cannot be acceptable to God without demonstrating
implementation of Titus 2:12 involves both the eradication of some things from
one’s life and the replacement of such with godly virtues.
The instruction of 2:12 rests in the authority of an
Heeding truth and practicing godliness are the bases
of hope (1:2).
The Word of God is the sole medium by which this
truth is revealed to men (1:3).
The appointment of elders is a contributor to
individual Christian and congregational ‘soberness, righteousness and
Manifestation of the lack of ‘soberness,
righteousness and godliness’ is evident among unruly, vain talkers and
The Jewish error and abuse of the Gospel oppose
‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (1:11-14).
A defiled conscience prohibits ‘soberness,
righteousness and godliness’ (1:15).
Evil works negate professions of godliness (1:16).
Sound doctrine (truth) underlies ‘soberness,
righteousness and godliness’ (2:1).
Elderly men are exhorted to be models (patterns) of
‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (2:2).
Elderly women are exhorted to be models (patterns) of
‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (2:3).
Young women are exhorted to be models (patterns) of
‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (2:4-5).
Young men are exhorted to be models (patterns) of ‘soberness,
righteousness and godliness’ (2:6-8).
Servants are exhorted to be models (patterns) of
‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (2:9-10).
All men are availed of salvation -- the path of which
is ‘soberness, righteousness and godliness’ (2:11).
Putting off and putting on NOW is the key to eternal
The apostolic authority with which these instructions
were initially given are equally forceful and authoritative today (2:15; 2 Tim.
2:2); there is no cause to despise the messenger -- it is not his message nor
is it given by his authority.
Submission to government is necessary to fulfill 2:12
Meekness is necessary to fulfill 2:12 (3:2).
Christians have put off and must abandon old ways in
order to fulfill 2:12 (3:3).
Old evil ways must be replaced with better ways; a
void must not be left after casting away old ways (3:4).
One cannot earn a favored position with God, but if
one does his little part, God will do his big part (3:5-8).
Apostasy is an ever present threat (3:9-11).
The pursuit of ‘soberness, righteousness and
godliness’ is predicated upon DIVINE AUTHORITY (1:1; 2:15).
DIVINE INSTRUCTION by which 2:12 is facilitated is
the Word of God (truth) or sound doctrine (1:1, 3, 9; 2:1).
Valid Christian hope is tied diametrically to
implementation of 2:12 (1:2; 2:11-13; 3:7).
Titus 2:12 is accomplished through DIVINE COMMANDMENT
KEEPING of the “common faith” (1:3-4) versus KEEPING COMMANDMENTS OF MEN
Practicing 2:12 equates to being “sound in the faith”
Without “living soberly, righteously and godly” the
Christian’s conscience is defiled and his profession of Christianity is vain
Elders, elderly men, elderly women, young women,
young men, servants (slaves, employees -- in principle, anyone who is subject
to someone else) are given specific instructions in Titus by which they can
practice 2:12 (1:6-2:10).
Living “soberly, righteously and godly in this
present world” involves being: blameless, not self-willed, not soon angry, not
given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre (not covetous),
hospitable, sober, just, holy, temperate, one who holds fast the faithful word,
of good conscience, of sound doctrine, sound in the faith, charitable, patient,
not a false accuser, teachers of good things, compassionate, discreet, chaste,
a pattern of good works, uncorrupted, sincere, sound in speech, under
subjection, not a brawler, gentle, meek, not foolish, not disobedient, not
deceived, not lustful, not lovers of pleasure, not living in malice, not
envious, not hateful, workers of good, and not factious (1:6-3:10).
When Christians do what they can and still fall short
of righteousness whereby they can come into the presence of God — through mercy
and grace God makes up the difference (conditionally) (2:11; 3:5-7).
Mercy and grace are conditional on good works (1:7;
2:5, 8, 14).
There is an emphasis in Titus on “sound doctrine”
(1:9; 2:1) and “sound in the faith” (1:13; 2:2).
1. It is not enough to obey the
Gospel by which one’s past sins are remitted.
2. Hope of eternal life is
conditional upon implementation of the Word of God in one’s life to produce
truly Christian living.
3. Sadly, many Christians and
churches fall far short in this area and it simply cannot be so without
adversely affecting their prospect of spending eternity in heaven with God.
1. Christians: God affords
erring Christians through repentance and prayer (2 Cor. 13:5; Acts 8:22; 1 John
2. Non-Christians: The divine plan
of redemption culminates in baptism to wash one’s sins away (Acts 2:38; 22:16).