7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.
In this chapter of his epistle to Titus, Paul gives Titus various instructions on what should be inculcated in the lives of believers of different age groups. He was to instruct the aged men to be sober, grave and temperate (v. 2); the aged women to be holy and be teachers of good things to younger women (vv. 3-4); the younger women to be homemakers who love their husbands and children according to God’s Word (vv. 4-5); and the younger men to be sober-minded (v. 6).
Having propounded the spiritual principles for Christian men and women of all ages to abide by, the apostle added a precept unto Titus himself. Because the instruction for Titus follows immediately the precept for young men, it is generally thought that Titus was a young man (as Timothy also was), serving the Lord in the pastoral ministry of the church. Every teacher of God’s Word to young men must pay heed not only to instruct them on their spiritual duties, but also to show by example how they ought to live out their spiritual obligations. Every teacher of God’s Word, whether to the adults, youths or children, must be a role model with regard to good works. This has been the chief difference between godly teachers and false teachers. Paul had earlier told Titus about false teachers who “profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (1:16).
Titus was further instructed to show “uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity” in doctrine. In other words, he had to show “uncorruptness” (i.e. integrity), “gravity” (i.e. seriousness), and “sincerity” (i.e. purity) in the content and style of his teaching. Paul’s combined use of these terms in this phrase suggests that every teacher of God’s Word must faithfully and reverentially instruct the hearers on its doctrines. There must be a devout, solemn commitment to teach God’s Word truthfully, dutifully and submissively. Teachers of God’s Word must not only avoid distortions of its truth, but also eschew an irreverent attitude and conduct. Teachers of the Word must impart it in the right spirit. It is vital that sound doctrine is delivered with sanctified minds and irreproachable speech and conduct. Unwholesome and uncouth words, mannerisms and behaviour do not suit the preachers of God’s Word.