Adorn the Doctrine of God

Last month in looking at the verses about Doctrine in the New Testament we discussed for a moment the verses in Titus 2:9-10.

Titus 2:9-10 (ESV)

9 Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,
10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

While we discussed the phrase “adorn the doctrine of God”, we didn’t look very deeply into what that really means.  So let’s go back and look more closely at what exactly that phrase means.  We can give our own ideas and suggestions but unless we really look at what the Bible says we may be just sharing our fallen human opinions.

Our natural inclination when we think of “adorn the Doctrine” is to think of what we can do to make God’s doctrine more appealing to unbelievers.   However, in studying this phrase I came to the realization that we don’t do anything to “adorn” beyond put off our old self and let the Lord adorn us. Thus we then reflect back to others our adornment from the Lord.  We can’t make the perfect doctrine of God more appealing to others, but we sure can make it less appealing.  God’s Doctrine will remain just as beautiful, perfect and effective no matter what our lives are like.  However, we as believers are to “adorn” the doctrine with our character.  Sorta like a frame displaying a wonderful picture or the spot light on the picture.  We aren’t the picture nor should we doctor up or edit the picture – just display the perfect picture.

There are many different directions we could go in order to study what “adorn the doctrine of God” means, but I’m going to start with the context of the passage it is found in – Titus 2:1-10.

Titus 2:1-10 (ESV)

1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
9 Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,
10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Now if you are like my kids, you might would say ‘oh, no, not that passage again’.  We all know it so well and not only that but we’ve covered it some over the past few months.  But look with me again and see what I’ve learn just recently.

We started looking at this Titus 2 passage when we were looking at sound doctrine.

Titus 2:1 – “Sound doctrine”

Titus 2:3 – “Teach what is good”

Titus 2:7-8 – “In your teaching show integrity, dignity and sound speech”

Paul is very clear to Titus about how important it is to teach sound doctrine.  Even in chapter 1 Paul is stressing sound doctrine.

Titus 1:9 (ESV) … be able to give instruction in sound doctrine …

 


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