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Points to Ponder Concerning Adorning the Doctrine of God our Savior

1. Why is sound doctrine important according to Titus 2:1-10?


2. Do you Whine or Shine?

A. Matthew 5:16 (ESV)


B. Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)

a. Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

b. Be blameless and innocent

c. Without blemish

d. Shine as lights in the world,

e. Holding fast to the word of life


3. How well do you display the following characteristics of the Doctrine of Christ?


Titus 2:9-10 (ESV)

a. Submission

b. Well-pleasing

c. Not argumentative

d. Not pilfering

e. Showing all good faith


4. Are you attempting to adorn the Lord or is the Lord adorning you?


5. Are you adorned with the Salvation of the Lord? (Psalms 149:4; Isaiah 61:10; Zechariah 3:4)


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Our Idea of Adorning Is not God’s Idea of Adorning

Here is where I ran into a problem.  See I had a few verses that just didn’t fit.  They didn’t fit in my thoughts of adorning.  So do I just skip those?  By no means!  That is where people come up with bizarre ideas claiming they represent Biblical doctrine. Our idea of adorning is not God’s idea of adorning.  See we typically think of adorning as adding something to another thing, like adding ornaments to a tree, jewels to a lady, etc.

But we all know we aren’t to add to God’s Doctrine.  So what do we do?

Take off / Put on.

Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV)

20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.


Colossians 3:8-10; 12-14 (ESV)
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

We let the Lord take off our old selfish self and in humility allow the Lord to put on us a new self.  Only then can we adorn the Doctrine of God, our Savior.  Adorning God’s Doctrine is not something we can do ourselves.  Only after the Lord has adorned us can we truly adorn the doctrine.

The Lord will adorn us with His Salvation and Righteousness for His own glory.

Psalms 149:4 (ESV) For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

Isaiah 61:10 (ESV) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Only after our filthy self-adornment is removed and washed in the blood of the Lamb can we adorn anything related to the Lord.

Zechariah 3:4 (ESV) And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”

Revelation 7:14 (ESV) I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The wisdom of God’s Word will adorn us.

Proverbs 3:21-22 (ESV)

21 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck

The Lord will adorn us with Gladness.

Psalms 30:11-12 (ESV)

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!


The Grace of God has brought us salvation which then teaches us to adorn the doctrine by living self-controlled, godly lives while we wait for our Hope, the appearing of Christ.

Titus 2:11-14 (ESV)

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Our lives should so display and model the gospel such that they can find nothing to accuse us about.

Titus 2:7-8 (ESV)

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.

John MacArthur writes in his Titus Commentary, “The true effectiveness of evangelism does not come from man-made methods, strategy, or marketing techniques adapted from the culture, but from the genuine virtue, moral purity, and godliness of believers whose lives give proof of the truth of God’s Word and the power of Christ to redeem men of sin. That is what silences the critics and makes the gospel believable.

It is not with our great works, wonderful programs, our mission projects, or our great teaching with which we adorn the doctrine of God.  It is our virtue, purity and godliness from the cleansing blood of Christ that adorns the doctrine.

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So How Then Do We Adorn the Doctrine of God?

Notice that Titus 2:9-10 actually tells us a lot about adorning God’s Word.

Titus 2:9-10

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.


Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in order to adorn the doctrine of God.  How does submission adorn God’s doctrine?  Submission exhibits trust and faith in God by showing how we know the Lord is over every institution – slaves and masters, husbands and wives, parents and children, government and subjects, elders and the church, etc.  What human institution is not under the authority of God?

Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

2 Peter 2:13-15

13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,

14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.



Also translated as adequate or acceptable.

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 5:9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

Colossians 1:10 (ESV) … so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

We should be well-pleasing to those in authority over us, just as children should be well-pleasing to the Lord by their obedience to their parents (Colossians 3:20).


Not argumentative

This means to not dispute, speak against, back talk, deny, be contrary or contradict.

Romans 10:21 (ESV) But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Titus 1:9 (ESV) He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.


Not pilfering – not embezzling

Just two other times is this word used in the Bible and they are both in the same passage.

Acts 5:1-3 (ESV)

1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,
2 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?


Showing all good faith – faithful in all things

1 Timothy 3:11  (ESV) Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded,  faithful in all things.


Our lives are to be the adornment for the doctrine of the Lord.  We are not the focal point.  Christ is the focus.  So are we a jewel in the crown or a thorn in the crown of Christ?  The gospel is beautiful with or without us.  But the way we display the gospel and Christ’s Doctrine is very important to how others perceive it.

Acts 2:46-47 (ESV)

46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 5:13 (ESV) None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.


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Whine or Shine

Let us see what verses we can find that will help us with “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior”.

First off my Bible cross references two verses with Titus 2:9-10 — Matthew 5:16 and Philippians 2:15.  An easy way to remember the point of these two verses is with the phrase “whine or shine”.

Matthew 5:16 (ESV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Our lives should shine so before others that they glorify the Lord because of us.  That is pretty easy to see how that would be adorning the Gospel.  But notice that our good works aren’t to lead others to praise us but to praise God.  How will they know about our Lord if we don’t tell them?


“A Christian’s whole life should be nothing but a visible representation of Christ”


Thomas Brooks

Men may not read the gospel in sealskin,

or the gospel in morocco {rich leather}, or the gospel in cloth covers,

but they can’t get away from the gospel in shoe leather.


Donald Grey Barnhouse


Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)

14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Now that is difficult!

1. Do all things without grumbling or questioning,

Philippians 2:9 (ESV) Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

2. Be blameless and innocent

Psalms 19:13 (ESV) Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.


Psalms 101:2-3 (ESV)

2 I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;

3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

3. Without blemish

Ephesians 5:25-27 (ESV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.


Jude 24-25 (ESV)

24  Now to him who is able  to keep you from stumbling and  to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,

25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

 Christ is who cleanses us and makes us without blemish.  We can’t do that for ourselves.

 4. Shine as lights in the world,

John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Notice “will have the light of life”; not maybe, not will one day obtain it, but will have if you follow Him.

5. Holding fast to the word of life

This expression is different in different translations.  The ESV has “holding fast” and the KJV has “holding forth”.

We are to do both.  Hold fast to the Lord – the Word.

Deuteronomy 10:20 (ESV) You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.

And hold forth, proclaim, God’s Word.

Acts 5:20 (ESV) “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

Notice that as difficult as all of the above are they aren’t “great” works in the typical sense.  They don’t require dying on the mission field or preaching to great crowds.  They don’t require leaving your family behind to evangelize the world.  The character qualities in the Philippians passage are all attitudes of the heart.  Our attitudes of the heart is what we are to “adorn the doctrine of God” with.  No matter where you are in life; a child in an unbelieving family, a wife married to an unbeliever or as Titus 2:9-10 and 1 Peter 2:18 say a slave with an unbelieving, unjust master are called to “adorn the doctrine” with their goods works of the heart.

For the full series of posts in order click below:

Renewing the Attitudes of our Heart Series