1:9: God’s Grace to us in Sound Doctrine
The Apostle Paul has told us that when we look for elders in a local church, we need those who “hold firm to the trustworthy word as it has been taught” (Titus 1:9). An elder must be qualified, a called man who is committed to the authority and truthfulness of the Scriptures and the gospel. This leads to the twofold task of ‘teaching sound doctrine’ and ‘rebuking those who speak contrary to it’ (1:9). While such a task is essential to elders, it also something all believers should strive for. This is especially true, since Jesus called us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matt 10:16).
As we think about this we see God’s grace. God didn’t have to reveal to us who He is, or what He is like, or how we ought to live, or what truth is. But He has done this! Christ is the truth (John 14:6) and the Christian faith (Titus 1:1) and the Bible is true (2 Tim 3:16). Thus, we are not left in the dark, we have the truth given to us and we can grow in our knowledge of the truth and sound doctrine.