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by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church

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Titus 3:1 


Titus 3:1  is a great example how false doctrines have been creeping in due to the work of false or of misguided ministers and the teachers who taught them.

It is very easy to read the translation and think we know what the original text said. If people will not diligently seek the truth, deception and confusion will reign over their minds. We commonly read Titus 3:1 as:

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,”  

The confusion may be resolved upon a closer examination:

“Put  in mind”  is from the Greek word meaning208remember”.

“to be subject” is from “hupotasso”209 meaning “to arrange in order or to yield to one’s admonition or advice”.

“to principalities” is from “arche”210 which means “beginning, origin” and is almost always translated that way. 

“and powers” is the word “exousia” meaning right as in “The right (exousia) to do anything one wishes...”211 and is also translated liberty and right in the same Bible.

Now we have “Remind them of the arrangement in the beginning and the liberty...”  God’s governmental design in the beginning is that man should be at liberty under Him. It was not God’s plan that man be under the governments of men but under Him alone. Cain went out of the presence of God to build a government that oppressed the liberty.



208Strong’s 5279 hupomimnesko; v AV-put in remembrance 3, remember 2, bring to remembrance 1, put in mind 1; 7 1) to cause one to remember, bring to remembrance, recall to mind: to another

209Strong’s 5293 hupotasso defined 1) to arrange under, to subordinate... 5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice 6) to obey, be subject

A Greek military term meaning “to arrange in a military fashion under the command of a leader”. In non-military use, it was “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”.

210Strong’s 746 arche from 756; n f AV-beginning 40, principality 8, corner 2, first 2, misc 6; 58 1) beginning, origin

211Lawmakers and Ordinary People in Aristotle, by Paul Bullen (1996) http://paul.bullen.com/BullenLawmakers.html (VI. 4.1318b38-1319a4)



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