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Titus 1:10-16
The last few verses of this section are puzzling - look at verses 15-16. After all, there has been no discussion of 'purity' and 'impurity' so far!

Remember this is a letter - and remember that letters are not formally composed - Paul is writing a letter to a close friend. I suspect that the 'purity' language is connected to the false teaching - it is a 'Jesus-plus' teaching that aims to keep bad stuff away.

But the verses are both uplifting and searing. They uplift by reminding those in God's household that, by God's grace, they have all they need to make sense of the world - they understand the world rightly (that is the 'pure'). They sear by exposing the grave state of the life of those who have followed the false teaching (that is the 'impure') - they stumble in the world, their actions reveal their true state, and they are described as 'disqualified for any good work'.

Here is cause for great joy! And here is cause for grave concern - those enthralled by false teaching need to be restored to soundness, to come back to the truth!
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