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