To begin this second effort, letâ€™s refresh ourselves to some thoughts from the Word of God. The apostle Paul stated of the things the Hebrews and Israel went through and which are recounted in the Old Testament, â€œNow, all these things happened to them for examples, and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages are come.â€ (1 Corinthians 10:11) This is where we will begin our examination of patterns in Christianity.
I have been studying Titus for an upcoming sermon series that I will be delivering in November at our church. That is why the last two posts have been from Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 concerning the qualifications for elders. I have made it around to reading Titus from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). It reads:
…someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. (Titus 1:6)
As I pointed out in the last post, I think the elder qualification is that a man is faithful to his wife. I do not think the qualification is that he has been only married once in his life, regardless of God’s allowances for remarriage. However, that is exactly how the NRSV sounds with the phrase, “married only once.” Sorry all of you NRSV lovers, but that is terrible. At least it has a marginal note, “husband of one wife.” The NRSV should have used that rather than “married only once.”
It is frustrating to not have a perfect translation (yes, I know this is not practically possible). For Titus, I wish I could put combine some of the ESV renderings with some of the HCSB renderings and I would have perfection.