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Day 16 - Cling to the truth
Questions for reflection:
- Paul starts this verse with the word ‘but’ - this means he is making a contrast with something that came before. Can you remember what Paul was taking about at the end of chapter 1?
- In what ways are you tempted to live a double life?
- How does Paul’s instruction in 2:1 challenge you today?
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
As we made our way though chapter 1, we saw how Paul continually warned the believers to stay away from the evil, Cretan lifestyle. He warned them not to get sucked into their old ways, making sure they aren’t trying to live a double life.
It’s so easy to follow the crowd, so many of us want to blend in. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to lose friends, or maybe because we don’t want to give up an old lifestyle that we think is worth something. But Paul makes it clear, we need to cling to what we know is firm and secure. Think of a mountain climber - only when he knows his hooks and spikes are driven deep into the rock, only when they are secure and sturdy, will he then put his full weight on it to begin his climb. Don’t put your faith in things that may fall through but put your trust in the firm foundation of God’s Word.
At the end of chapter 1 it says in verse 16
They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
Now read verse 1 of chapter 2, “But as for you”.
Here we see the call to be different. Paul knows how dangerous it is to let your old life rule over the good news of gospel. Don’t be like the Cretans, saying you live for God but reject what he says in his word. The world will promise a lot of things, but it never lasts. If you want to fully experience what it means to be a Christian, you need to let God in every part of your life. Don’t hold anything back.
Paul goes on to say, ‘teach what accords with sound doctrine’. Sound doctrine means healthy or intact. It tells us we cannot take God’s Word in broken parts or out of context. It is so easy to take a speech or piece of writing and twist it for what we want it to say, think about the many celebrities who had to publicly apologize or explain their words and actions because they were misinterpreted. But Paul uses the Cretans to bring his point across.
Only the true Word of God has the power to change lives. The truth will set you free. It’s not our truth, but God’s truth. Paul understands there is only one God, there is only one saviour and there is only one way to be set free of our bondage of sin. So cling to the truth, the truth that we stand forgiven through the death of Jesus. Never replace it; rather, meditate on it and let its joy flow through all of our actions. Letting our actions reflect the work God has done in our lives.