Titus 2* The duties which become sound doctrine. (1-8) Believingservants must be obedient. (9,10) All is enforced from the holydesign of the gospel, which concerns all believers. (11-15)1-8 Old disciples of Christ must behave in every thingagreeably to the Christian doctrine. That the aged men be sober;not thinking that the decays of nature will justify any excess;but seeking comfort from nearer communion with God, not from anyundue indulgence. Faith works by, and must be seen in love, ofGod for himself, and of men for God's sake. Aged persons are aptto be peevish and fretful; therefore need to be on their guard.Though there is not express Scripture for every word, or look,yet there are general rules, according to which all must beordered. Young women must be sober and discreet; for many exposethemselves to fatal temptations by what at first might be onlywant of discretion. The reason is added, that the word of Godmay not be blasphemed. Failures in duties greatly reproachChristianity. Young men are apt to be eager and thoughtless,therefore must be earnestly called upon to be sober-minded:there are more young people ruined by pride than by any othersin. Every godly man's endeavour must be to stop the mouths ofadversaries. Let thine own conscience answer for thineuprightness. What a glory is it for a Christian, when that mouthwhich would fain open itself against him, cannot find any evilin him to speak of! 9,10 Servants must know and do their duty to their earthlymasters, with a reference to their heavenly one. In serving anearthly master according to Christ's will, He is served; suchshall be rewarded by him. Not giving disrespectful or provokinglanguage; but to take a check or reproof with silence, notmaking confident or bold replies. When conscious of a fault, toexcuse or justify it, doubles it. Never putting to their own usethat which is their master's, nor wasting the goods they aretrusted with. Showing all good fidelity to improve a master'sgoods, and promote his thriving. If ye have not been faithful inthat which is another man's, who shall give you that which isyour own? #Lu 16:12|. True religion is an honour to theprofessors of it; and they should adorn it in all things. 11-15 The doctrine of grace and salvation by the gospel, is forall ranks and conditions of men. It teaches to forsake sin; tohave no more to do with it. An earthly, sensual conversationsuits not a heavenly calling. It teaches to make conscience ofthat which is good. We must look to God in Christ, as the objectof our hope and worship. A gospel conversation must be a godlyconversation. See our duty in a very few words; denyingungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, andgodly, notwithstanding all snares, temptations, corruptexamples, ill usage, and what remains of sin in the believer'sheart, with all their hinderances. It teaches to look for theglories of another world. At, and in, the glorious appearing ofChrist, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete: Tobring us to holiness and happiness was the end of Christ'sdeath. Jesus Christ, that great God and our Saviour, who savesnot only as God, much less as Man alone; but as God-man, twonatures in one person. He loved us, and gave himself for us; andwhat can we do less than love and give up ourselves to him!Redemption from sin and sanctification of the nature gotogether, and make a peculiar people unto God, free from guiltand condemnation, and purified by the Holy Spirit. All Scriptureis profitable. Here is what will furnish for all parts of duty,and the right discharge of them. Let us inquire whether ourwhole dependence is placed upon that grace which saves the lost,pardons the guilty, and sanctifies the unclean. And the furtherwe are removed from boasting of fancied good works, or trustingin them, so that we glory in Christ alone, the more zealousshall we be to abound in real good works.
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