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Titus 2:8 A sound uncensurable word 27-05-2023

26-06-2023 - Posted by Hans

… with word sound, uncensurable, that the contrary one may be abashed, having nothing bad to say concerning us.

Paul had left his young co-worker Titus on the island of Crete so that things that he himself had not been able to do might be done. Paul emphasizes that Titus would be an example or role model for the young men. Both in his attitude and way of life as well as in his teaching (2:6,7).

Two qualifications are given here of the word that Titus would proclaim: sound and uncensurable. Both qualities are interrelated. Because no one will challenge a drug that undeniably heals. Sound means wholesome. But also sensible and balanced. And uncensurable means in this context: solid, reliable, put under evidence. So that even opponents cannot argue against it.

The preacher of a “sound uncensurable word” is not a merchant who needs to “sell” something. His opinions are completely irrelevant. Because he’s just an errand boy. He is only concerned with passing on the word of his Sender. Nothing less, but above all nothing more. For that word “is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword”. You don’t have to defend that sword. It proves itself! Behold the power of the word of God.