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Titus 3


 1 Put (1) them in remembrance that they (*) (♣) be subject to the principalities and powers, and that they be obedient, and ready to every good work,


(1) He declareth particularly and severally, that which he said before generally, noting out certain chief and principal duties, which men owe to men, and especially subjects to their magistrates.

(*) Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13 .

(♣) Although the rulers by infidels, yet we are bound to obey them in civil policies, and whereas they command us nothing against the word of God.


 2 That they speak evil of no man, that they be no fighters, but soft, shewing all meekness unto all men.


 3  (2) (*) (♣) 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;


(2) He confirmeth again the former exhortation, by propounding the free benefit of our regeneration, the pledge whereof is our Baptism.

(*) 1 Corinthians 6:18 .

(♣) For let us consider what we ourselves were when God shewed us favor.


 4 But when the bountifulness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,


 5  (*) Not (♣) by the works of (a) righteousness, which we had done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the (♠) washing of the new birth, and the renewing of the (b) holy Ghost,


(*) 2 Timothy 1:9 .

(♣) God doeth not justify us for respect of anything, which he seeth in us, but doeth prevent us with his grace and freely accepteth us.

(a) Word for word, of works which are done in righteousness; and this place doth fully refute the doctrine of merits.

(♠) Baptism is a sure sign of our regeneration, which is wrought by the holy Ghost.
(b) Which the virtue of the holy Ghost worketh.


 6 Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour,


 7 That we, being justified by his grace, should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


 8  (3) This is a true saying, and these things I will thou shouldest affirm, that they which have believed God, might be careful to shew forth (c) good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.


(3) Again with great earnestness he beateth into our heads, how that we ought to give ourselves, to true godliness, and eschew all vain questions, which serve to nothing but to move strife and debate.
(c) Give themselves earnestly unto good works.


 9  (*) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and brawlings about the Law, for they are unprofitable and vain.


(*) 1 Timothy 1:4; 1 Timothy 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:23 .


 10  (4) (*) Reject him that is a heretic, after once or twice admonition,


(4) The ministers of the word must at once cast off heretics, that is, such as stubbornly and seditiously disquiet the Church, and will give no ear to Ecclesiastical admonitions.

(*) This commandment is given to the minister, and so particularly to all men to whom the sword is not committed but else the magistrate, whose chief office is to maintain Godís glory in his Church, ought to cut off all such rotten and infectious members from the body.


 11 Knowing that he that is such, is (*) perverted, and (♣) sinneth, being damned of his own self.


(*) So that there is no hope of amendment.

(♣) Willingly, and wittingly.


 12  (5) When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me unto Nicopolis, for I have determined there to winter.


(5) Least of all, he writeth a word or two of private matters and commendeth certain men.


 13 Bring Zenas (*) the expounder of the Law, and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they lack nothing.


(*) It is probably, that he was an interpreter of the Law of Moses, as Apollos.


 14 And let ours also learn to shew forth good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.


 15 All that are with me, salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all, Amen.




To Titus, elect the first Bishop of the Church of the Cretians, written from Nicopolis in Macedonia.


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