April 26, 2021 – Monday
Titus 1:15-16 NIV
15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Who are the pure? Who are the corrupted? Paul answers the second right away, the corrupted are those who do not believe. The pure are those who believe. In these two verses Paul is telling Titus what to look out for from those who claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. Further Paul wrote that, They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. This is because both their minds and consciences are corrupted. Quite the indictment.
Who were these unbelievers? They were foes of the truth, wolves in sheep clothing. They presented themselves as believers and friends of Christians. But their lifestyle revealed something else. Their actions denied the very things they would assert verbally when with Christians. They would even present themselves as knowing more than Titus or elders. Paul writes they are detestable or abominable. This expression signifies the life and actions of these men, who professed to be Christians, were so terrible they were made hateful in the sight of God (Ellicott).
The pure are none other than those who had come to believe, but not that they had somehow become perfectly pure. Instead, it indicates how hearts were changed when Gentiles became believers as we learn in Acts 15:8-9 where Peter is addressing Jewish believers (and Pharisees), God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.
We can know who the believers are by how they live their lives and their day-to-day actions. God knows who the believers are by their hearts for He has given us the Holy Spirit to indwell in us. We are those who follow Jesus, no matter how imperfectly. We no longer live a life of sin, we have turned away from sin as a way of life, but we know we are not perfect. For as John said in 1 John 1:8, If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. We can only move towards the target of becoming more Christlike as our faith deepens and grows.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me keep my heart open to moving further and further away from whatever sin remains in my life. Help me to grow closer to You and Your Son with the aid of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Thank You for all the blessings You have provided in my life. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.