1 Paul a servant of God, and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according unto godliness.
Paul writes to us in parables and codes. He speaks to those in his day and age, but he is also speaking across time to the elect at the end of time. He is speaking to people who go from the level of the flesh or what men say, to the spiritual level meaning. This is patterned after what Jesus said in the gospels when he asked, “Who do men say that I am, and then he asks Simon Bar Jonah (Peter) who do you say that I am? And he said, you are the Christ” (Mark 8:27-29, Luke 9:18-20, Matthew 16:13-20). The name given to “Jesus” at birth corresponds to the fleshly manifestation of Him on this earth, but the Christ corresponds to His Spiritual manifestation of Him on the earth. When men study the scriptures and try to scrutinize the meaning of scriptures, and they don’t understand the paradigm of Paul speaking across time or the paradigm, of Paul being a living parable of his own word. 2 Peter 3 it says that unlearned men will wrestle with the wisdom that is given to Paul to their own destruction. It’s speaking of the destruction of the 2000 year age of what men say. If you are subject to the fleshly level of interpretation, you are a slave to that fleshly level. The people didn’t understand that Jesus wasn’t some reincarnated version of Jeremiah or Elijah or John the Baptist or another prophet. When Peter says You are the Chist, Christ as being revealed by the Father, which is why Jesus said on this rock (Christ/what is revealed by the Father) I shall build my church and Jesus is revealed by men. Falling from grace is going from Christ to Jesus. When you go from Jesus to Christ, you have gone from what men say to what God has revealed to you.
2 Unto the hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, hath promised before the world began: 3 But hath made his word (Jesus) manifest in due time (God’s time) through the preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior: 4 [j]To Titus my natural son according to the common faith, Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Paul is committed to manifest the word through preaching. The manifestation of the Word is the hope of eternal life.
5 [l]For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou should continue to redress the things that remain, and should ordain Elders in every city as I appointed thee.
He sent them to Crete to establish churches, but actually this would not be limited to Crete, but the whole world. He should set in order things that are wanting, the knowledge that the physical level also contains a spiritual significant as well. What men are to believe, following the fleshly teachings of denominations or theologies of what they have been taught being subject to the fleshly teaching. The flesh is there to point to the spiritual, but not everyone sees the spiritual, they follow the teachings of men.
6 If any be unreproveable (blameless), the husband of one wife, having faithful children, which are not slandered of riot, neither are disobedient.
Those that were blameless would be cast out of the church or martyred by those like Diatrophes who wouldn’t even let the apostles of John into the church. Christ is the husband and the church is the bride. He is not speaking just in literal terms here, but parabolic terms as well.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as (analogy) Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it,26 That he might sanctify it, and cleanse it by the washing of water through the word,27 That he might make it unto himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blame. 28 So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies: he that loves his wife, loves himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourished and cherishes it, even as (analogy) the Lord doth the Church. 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 1 For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great secret, but I speak concerning Christ, and concerning the Church. 33 Therefore everyone of you, do ye so: let everyone love his wife, even as himself, and let the wife see that she reverence her husband.
The church is the body of Christ, and he that loves his wife loves himself. The church leaders are to take care of the members of the church love them and care for them as Christ would. If the church leadership (husband) is faithful to the truth, they are going to take all the scripture and love their members and give this faithful teaching to the wife or church members in a faithful manner. The members (wife) if they receive that in the faith that bears the elect (children).
7 For a Bishop must be unreproveable (blameless), as God’s steward, not forward (self-willed), not angry, not given to wine, no striker (violent), not given to filthy lucre,
He can’t be guilty of subverting the mystery. They are stewards of God’s Word (someone who looks after another’s things), they look after the things of God. Wine in the physical sense is not prohibited, but what does he mean in the metaphysical sense Rev. 17:1&2 the nations drink the wine of the fornication of the great whore of Babylon. Spiritual fornication, friendship with the world is enmity with God (in James). So it basically means not given into the world, money, religion, or material things.
8 But harberous, one that loveth goodness, wise, righteous, holy, temperate,
Things are in contrast with the wicked church that is in bed with the world basically.
9 Holding fast that faithful word according to doctrine (truth), that he also may be able to exhort with wholesome doctrine, and convince them that say against it.
To those who believe they are sincere and pure they look upon this mystery as a revelation and something to embrace. They have done so they are able to convince those that contradict the truth or declare things falsely because there is nothing they can say, because it is not according to godliness.
Vain talkers speak on the level of the flesh, they want to rule over people and force them to obey the commandments of man.
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, which subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
They are false teachers and false prophets, in the church (whole houses/denominations), they indulge themselves in their own thinking, and are out for money. There are lots of prosperity preachers now days and they flaunt their money like it’s a gift from God. They are not out to be good stewards of God’s Word, but to gain financially and they will preach according to their will and wants and not God’s. They go where the numbers are they have massive congregations and they tickle the ears of those they preach to with lies and subtle deceit to gain things for themselves. They are self focused and not God focused, they will lead people away from God and those they teach will focus on things of this world and themselves.
12 [v]One of themselves, even one of their own Prophets said, The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.13 This witness is true: wherefore convince them [w]sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
He is quoting a prophet that is not after the Judeo Christian teaching. He agrees with them. The Cretans represent the whole world, the whole world is always lying, and they can’t be sound in the faith. This is why there are so many translations of the Bible and books excluded from the Bible. There are so many different denominations that claim they are Christian but they all fall under laws and rules of man. They fail to read the books provided for us and only read those they are told to read, by the scribes and Pharisee’s of old, the ones that Jesus got furious with. You then can say they trust man (flesh) and do not trust God (The Spirit) to lead them forward through the darkness with little light that they might be deceived as they advance forward.
14 And not taking heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men that turn away from the truth.
He speaks of the teachings of men and their commandments, they take you from the Christ level meaning to the Jesus level meaning, from the spiritual to the fleshly meaning of things. He is warning us again here of the deceit that is within this world. They seem as standard or true, they are taught as truth and commandments, but they are not. We have to be diligent when seeking after God.
The pure are those that have a sincere respect for the Word and know that all things reflect a higher understanding than that of man’s teachings. They understand that Jesus showed virtue and discipline. Unbelief is the sin we are all born with, we have to get to know God again, since we were separated from Him when the fall of man happened at the beginning. To those that are unbelieving nothing is pure, because it can’t be pure because it’s tainted with unbelief, their mind and consciences is defiled, they are giving heed to commandments of men. These people have strayed from the truth, and will follow the ways of the flesh, the doctrines of demons, and religions of man, because they are unbelieving.
16 They profess that they know God, but by works they deny him, and are abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (depraved/shameless).
Their works are reprobate, because they don’t believe God, and they are not pure. They do not teach sound doctrine, they don’t have what it takes to be faithful stewards. They do go works expecting things in return and they do them to say oh look at me and the kindness I’ve done, they do not do it out of humble Godly love for others. Just as God said they have received their reward already.
Matthew 6 :2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (Matthew 6:5,16)
1 But [a]speak thou the things which become wholesome doctrine,
Jewish fables and commandments of men are not sound doctrine. The scribes and the Pharisees do not teach sound doctrine. They taught lies and removed books to make better the way for themselves. This is shown in the council of the Council of Jamnia about 90 AD, which was a council that was dominated by Pharisees – a sect which Jesus Christ did not particularly care for. The Laodicea’s tried to remove the book of Revelations with the book of Enoch because the book spoke negatively towards them.
2 [b]That the elder men be watchful, grave, temperate, sound in the faith, in love, and in patience: 3 The elder women likewise, that they be in such behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not subject to much wine, but teachers of honest things.
Men and women, as stated above, the husband represent church leadership and the women represent the members. The aged men were from the beginning, they were the men 2000 years old, at least to us today. We are looking at ancient church leaderships that were established by authentic leadership by Paul and other apostles. They established the church with authentic teaching, the Christ (spiritual) and the Jesus (fleshly) teaching, the two edged sword.
4 That they may instruct the young women to be sober minded, that they love their husbands, that they love their children,
They need to be sober (the women, the church), because they need to not be drinking of the wine (false religion) of the whore of Babylon/this world/this age. They should not over indulge in things. They should be sound in faith. This is a very serious matter. They should maintain the teaching of the Christ level meaning couched in the physical meaning in love and in patience.
5 That they be temperate, chaste, [c]keeping at home (church of God), good and subject unto their husbands (leadership), that the word of God be not evil spoken of.6 Exhort young men likewise, that they be sober minded.7 [d]In all things show thyself an example of good works with uncorrupt doctrine, with [e]gravity, integrity,8 And with the wholesome Word, which cannot be condemned, that he which withstands, may be ashamed, having nothing concerning you to speak evil of.
There were people that were the betrayers that accused people falsely, like Diotrephes, Hymenaeus, Nicolaitains, and Alexander. If the leadership is faithful to the mystery, the truth, the Word of God wouldn’t be blasphemed. The blasphemy of God’s word is to question His word and not believe call God a liar. These people are defiled and unbelieving. They need to return to the state of the early church, which Paul had set in order. He is saying to hold fast to the faithful word that you have been taught by Paul through Titus. They should have no evil thing to say about you believing in the things that Paul, Jude and Peter taught. If you have sound speech, they will have no evil thing to say over you.
To be subject to religion, man’s teachings and commands, not God’s. You don’t want to answer your master and say we don’t agree with you, we are going to start another denomination. We don’t need to make things more confusing than it has to be, it’s already bad enough, and being in a state of rebellion is not good for the church.
10 Neither pickers (stealing), but that they show all good faithfulness, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
They are sort of an adornment because when God saves them through Jesus Christ, then they adorn the Word of God.
11 [h]For that grace of God, that bringeth salvation unto all men, hath appeared,12 And teaches us, that we should deny ungodliness and [i]worldly lusts, and that we should live soberly and righteously, and godly in this present world,
It’s ungodly to call God a liar, it is following after worldly lust to chase after filthy lucre (money), and to be drunk (spiritually) with the wine of the fornication of the whore of Babylon. To live righteously, the contrast would be not embodying virtue and embodying God’s command.
13 [j]Looking for that blessed hope, and appearing of that glory of that mighty God, and of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The truth of who God is.
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purge us to be a [k]peculiar people unto himself, zealous of good works.
This is a future event, that he will redeem us from iniquity, whom He will purge or purify unto Himself a people at the end of time. Good works which are to follow.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and convince with all [l]authority. See that no man despise thee.
If you are letting someone despise you, you are letting down the truth; they can’t form a decent argument with the same level of meaning, against the truth. Don’t let them walk all over you, you are in a position of strength and they are a position of weakness. They really can’t say anything bad against you, because it’s the truth which you speak.
1 Put [a]them in remembrance that they be subject to the principalities and powers, and that they be obedient, and ready to every good work.
In Paul’s days the principalities were according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledging of the truth after Godliness.
2 That they speak evil of no man, that they be no fighters, but soft, showing all meekness unto all men.
Do not be argumentative, do not seek to cause division amongst the church, be gentle and show meekness to all people. People hate the church, because of the pointing fingers, and judging. All the condemning street preachers and prosperity preachers alike, churches like the westburo baptist, and God hates or you will burn in hell signs. None of that in and of itself sounds humble or meek to me.
3 [b] For we ourselves also were in times past unwise, disobedient, deceived, serving the lusts and divers pleasures, living in maliciousness and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
He is talking about the body of Christ here, we have all been this way, but we have to be the opposite. Paul was like this, he killed and cursed against the Christians of his day.
4 But when that bountifulness (kindness) and that love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
God shows kindness and love towards man, and that’s what we are called to do also.
Do not boast of your righteousness, because it is not your own, it is Christ’s and by His mercy alone, we are saved. Again here, we see the heavenly is couched in the fleshly with the new birth, we are born spiritually where we are able to connect with God’s Holy Spirit.
6 Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Again, going from Jesus to the Christ, flesh to spiritual.
7 That we, being justified by his grace, should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 [e] This is a true saying, and these things I will thou should affirm, that they which have believed God, might be careful to show forth [f]good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 9 But stay foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and brawling about the Law: for they are unprofitable and vain.
The foolish questions are not profitable to men. These things don’t contain our Salvation. the revelation of Jesus, who He is, is where Hope lives. If you are an unbeliever, you cannot be as the elect are.
10 [g]Reject him that is an heretic, after once or twice admonition,
Those who ask foolish questions are heretics according to this. They are seeking after things that do not matter and do not focus on the first love Jesus Christ.
11 Knowing that he that is such, is perverted, and sins, being damned of his own self.
2 Peter 3 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you, 16as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things. Therein are some things hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Misunderstanding the scriptures brings about ones destruction. You wrestle with Paul and the other apostles and go down to what men say instead of what is meant by God through His apostles. Which again, is arguing over or questioning things that don’t matter to divert from facing the truth.
12 [h]When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me unto Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. 13 Bring Zenas the expounder of the Law, and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they lack nothing. 14 And let ours also learn to show forth good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
This is all coming together to meet with Paul to understand him to have him in our presence. The good works that are for necessary use learning to do that which leads to fruitfulness.
15 All that are with me, salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.