| 1 ¶ But speak thou the
things which become sound doctrine:
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
|3 - Not ... much wine See on 1ti0308.|
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
.7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them
well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all
.12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
.13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
.14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. (RSV)
15 ¶ These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
- Grace Grace is not a release from personal responsibility
for godly living v2.
12 - We should live soberly Soberly is from nephalios which we see from 1pe0113 as abstinence from alcoholic wine. The importance of good health is more than happy living 1co1031. It is preparation for the return of Christ as we see here.
13 - Blessed Here means "happy."
13 - Blessed hope The word "hope" is more an expectation or anticipation than a wish.
This text doesn't seem to fit into the rapture idea which teaches anticipation for the rapture more than for the "glorious appearing." Why would the raptured ones mt2437ff be looking for Christ's appearance in glory? According to the theory, they will already have been with Him in heaven when He comes in glory? We would expect that they would be waiting to be whisked away quietly to heaven. On the rapture, also see re0107b.
14 - Gave Himself It was a voluntary offering re1308.
14 - Peculiar From periousios meaning "chosen" by God. The word is Old English. who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. (RSV)