Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Titu 1

Ta im istina daje nadu vječnog života koji im je Bog obećao prije postanka svijeta - a Bog ne može lagati.

U pravo vrijeme objavio je svoju Riječ propovijedanjem, koje je meni povjereno po zapovijedi Boga, našega Spasitelja.

Pišem Titu, mojemu pravom sinu po zajedničkoj vjeri.Neka ti Bog Otac i naš Spasitelj Isus Krist udijele milost i mir.

Titov rad na Kreti

Ostavio sam te na Kreti da dovršiš naše djelo i da po gradovima postaviš starješine kao što sam te uputio.

Starješina mora biti besprijekoran, vjeran svojoj ženi,[a] a djeca mu moraju biti vjernici. Nikomu ne smiju davati povoda da ih optuži za razuzdanost ili nepokornost.

Nadglednik mora živjeti besprijekorno jer je Božji upravitelj. Ne smije biti samoživ, svadljiv, pijanac, nasilnik ni sklon prljavom dobitku.

Mora biti gostoljubiv, dobrostiv, razborit, pravedan, svet i uzdržljiv.

Mora se čvrsto držati vjerodostojne riječi učenja, mora hrabriti druge i uvjeravati protivnike u zdravo učenje.

10 Mnogo je nepokornih, taštih govornika prijevarnih umova, osobito među židovima,

11 i takve treba natjerati da ušute. Već su cijele obitelji unesrećili poučavajući radi prljavog dobitka ono što ne bi smjeli.

12 Jedan od njih, njihov vlastiti prorok, za njih je rekao: 'Svi su ti Krećani lašci, opake zvijeri, lijene izjelice.'

13 To je istina. Zato strogo kori kršćane da budu zdravi u vjeri,

14 da ne prihvaćaju židovske bajke i zapovijedi ljudi koji okreću leđa istini.

15 Čistim ljudima sve je čisto, a okaljanima i nevjernima ništa nije čisto; njima su i razum i savjest okaljani.

16 Tvrde da poznaju Boga, ali ga svojim djelima niječu. Odurna su to i buntovna stvorenja, neposobna za bilo kakvo dobro djelo.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Titu 1:6 Ili: jedne žene muž.

The Message

Titus 1

11-4 I, Paul, am God’s slave and Christ’s agent for promoting the faith among God’s chosen people, getting out the accurate word on God and how to respond rightly to it. My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises! And then when the time was ripe, he went public with his truth. I’ve been entrusted to proclaim this Message by order of our Savior, God himself. Dear Titus, legitimate son in the faith: Receive everything God our Father and Jesus our Savior give you!

A Good Grip on the Message

5-9 I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions. As you select them, ask, “Is this man well-thought-of? Is he committed to his wife? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?” It’s important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to—not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry. He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself, and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.

10-16 For there are a lot of rebels out there, full of loose, confusing, and deceiving talk. Those who were brought up religious and ought to know better are the worst. They’ve got to be shut up. They’re disrupting entire families with their teaching, and all for the sake of a fast buck. One of their own prophets said it best:

The Cretans are liars from the womb,
    barking dogs, lazy bellies.

He certainly spoke the truth. Get on them right away. Stop that diseased talk of Jewish make-believe and made-up rules so they can recover a robust faith. Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They’re real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.