In chapter two of Titus, the start of this chapter deals with older Christian men. The responsibility of these men is to teach wholesome doctrine. Paul writes this message to Titus concerning older men. Titus 2:1 “But as for you, speaking things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” False teachers were teaching a perverted Gospel. Titus was to teach the pure Gospel. The gospel truth is known as sound doctrine. Titus is not only to correct false doctrine, he is to teach the true teachings of God. In a corrupt world, Christians are to be different. Paul instructs Titus what to teach the various age groups.
Titus 2:2 “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.” Aged men means men considered to be above fifty years of age. Paul lists six things which should characterize older Christian men.
Temperate means sober. He does not go to extremes. Older men should know the value of life. Older men should know that the pleasures of self-indulgence costs far more than they are worth.
Dignified means serious, worthy of respect. Older Christian men should realize that living is serious business. The way one lives will determine where he spends eternity. In view of the fact that man must give account of his life, he lives life seriously.
Sensible Means self-controlled, thoughtful. This man has everything under control. This is the man who does what he ought to do and this is the man who refrains from doing the things he ought not do.
Sound in Faith means he has a healthy faith. Sound is a medical term which means healthy. His faith should be neither lukewarm nor mixed with error. True faith involves believing in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in God and obeying God.
In Love means he has a healthy love. A Christian should love God more every year as he serves God and lives for Him. As some people grow older, they drift into criticism and faultfinding. However, the older Christian men should have more tolerance and sympathy for others as they struggle with life’s issues.
Perseverance means one is steadfast, endures, is strong. The trials and tribulations of life should temper a man like steel. The older Christian ought to be able to bear more and more. As one grows weaker in his physical body, he should grow stronger in faith. II Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”