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Aged Women Be – In Behaviour as Becometh Holiness

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The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,”  –  Titus 2:3

Behaviour speaks of one’s conduct of self.  What manners are being expressed? How do they carry themselves? This may deal wih propriety, morals, and deportment. This is expression of external appearance or action. It relates to common duties of life. It may express correct or good manners.

In this case behaviour is to express holiness. Holiness assumes purity in reverence. Reverence is fear mingled with respect and esteem. That fear acceptable to God is a filial fear, an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections. This should produce in us an inclination to his service and an unwillingness to offend Him.

Likewise we should feel reverence for a parent, for an upright magistrate, but merely stand in awe of a tyrant. This distinction between fear and awe may not always be observed. Filial fear differs from awe, which is an emotion compounded of fear, dread or terror, with admiration of something great.  But filial fear necessarily also implies love or affection.

The consequence of filial fear results in desiring to live a holy form of life out of love and affection for the person and character of a Holy God.

#behaviour #behavior #holiness #respect #esteem #reverence

Who is pure?

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“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”  –  Titus 1:15

Who is pure? If one is pure,  he is clean. All things in the realm of his activity is pure.  It is free from extraneous matter, or whatever is injurious or offensive. There would be a sense of innocence involved.

If he or his ways are defiled, they are sullied or tainted. There is an understanding that it is contaminated (ceremonially or morally). This passage includes unbelief in this mix. They believe not God. They are faithless. They are infidel in that they are disbelieving the inspiration of the Scriptures, or the divine institution of Christianity.  There is not fidelity in the ways of the individual towards God.

Impurity is evidenced in that “even their mind and conscience is defiled. ” This includes their intellect. This is their ability to know or grasp meaning. This is defiled. This includes their moral consciousness. All of this is sullied or tainted – corrupt.

But unto the pure all things are pure.

 

#pure #clean #defiled #unbelieving #sullied #tainted #contaminated #mind #conscience #faithless #infidel

Slow Bellies

SlowBellies

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.  –  Titus 1:12

One who is slow is characterized as being inactive, that is, unemployed; (by implication) lazy, useless.

The word for belly uses the definition word of gormand which is one who is a greedy or ravenous eater; a glutton. Using the word matrix, it speaks of an extended belly of size such as the womb. It comes from the Greek word gaster from which we might get the word gastric or belly.

While one being characterized such in this may not be visually in such a shape, it must be concluded that their actions and demonstration of duty can easily be so. Here it is implied that service to Christ is more demanding than heeding Jewish fables and following the commandments of men. (vs 14) But a slow belly would rather be gluttonous towards heeding Jewish fables and commandments of men rather than that of God.

#slow #bellies #Christ #fables #commandments #God #glutton

Gainsayers are deceivers

Deceivers

“the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,”
–  Titus 1:10

When looking for someone to enter into leadership, consider:

A deceiver is one who purposes to mislead another’s mind. They try to seduce a person to an opinion which is not according to truth. This effort of misleading is an attempt to take truth which is offensive to a worldly point of view and rein in that truth’s effect or curb that truth’s expression of control over a spiritual person. Its effort is to fence in or silence truth and the truth bearer. The purpose is to cheat another of the blessing of truth. They want to delude them to another point of view. That is to lead them from truth  or  into error.

For examples, a retailer may delude a costumer by raising the price and advertising it as a deep bargain. A public issue is presented in deception in opinion. An artful man deludes his followers. We are often deluded by false appearance.

#deceiver #delude #mislead #seduce #cheat #truth #error #leadership

Whatsoever Ye Do

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Colossians 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Do . . . do!

The first do – It is something performed, executed, carried into effect, or to bring anything to pass. Someone makes a choice of action and does it. This do does not speak to the intensity of dedication to the action.

The second do – This is from a second and different Greek word. It has to do with the effort of toil. It involves serious engagement in or with. This term does not speak of casual involvement. It involves the implied meaning of commitment to, and serious labor. Toil means “To labor; to work; to exert strength with pain and fatigue of body or mind, particularly of the body, with efforts of some continuance or duration.” – Webster

And if you are going to do it, do it “heartily.” Heartily suggests that the effort includes genuine exertion leading to breathing that coincides with that strong action.

as to the Lord” As a child, one might be taught to work for the importance of money, candy, or a gift. Later they may enter into a task because the parent is standing over them and they may know that to do otherwise may have unpleasant consequences. They may soon learn to do things for men, whether an employer, an official of authority, or a friend. But who is better able to reward you for diligence more than the Lord?

For the “New Man” in Christ serves because he knows that he had been condemned for his horrible deeds in sinning against the will of God, but that the Lord had generously redeemed him from death’s permanent judgment.  This invokes love and dedication to serve such a marvelous benefactor. This brings great motivation to do ones service “as to the Lord.” Who could possibly be more important to you?

Colossians 3:23

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Teaching and Admonishing

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. . . teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
– Colossians 3:16

teaching – the act or business of instructing or informing.
– Webster
Cause to learn, to teach. – Strongs

admonishing – reproving; warning; counseling; directing another.
– Webster
calling attention to or putting in mind, that is (by implication) to caution or reprove gently – Strongs
Something is placed into another’s intellect which impacts their thought, feeling or will. By implication it imparts meaning.

The method of doing this includes:

psalms – This may include rhyme or some form of poetical authoring which interacts with the mind to enhance remembrance and meaning. This form may have some kind of musical enhancement. – Strongs

hymns – this may be some kind of chant or ode. This would be a general term for any words sung. It may be a metrical composition.

An ode is a short poem or song composition proper to be set to music or sung. It consists of unequal verses in stanzas or strophes.
A strophe – In Greek poetry, a stanza; the first member of a poem. This is succeeded by a similar stanza called antistrophy.
A chant – To sing; to utter a melodious voice; that is, to cant or throw the voice in modulations.

spiritual songs – These are songs which are not carnal in nature. It includes words which are sung. – Strongs

cantillation – a chanting; recitation with musical modulations.

Modulation
The act of inflecting the voice in reading or speaking; a rising or falling of the voice. – Webster
In music, the art of composing melody or harmony agreeable to the laws prescribed by any particular key, or of changing the key, or of passing from one key to another.
– Webster

Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord – grace here might suggest the effect of divine influence upon one’s heart and its reflection in one’s life; including gratitude.  – Strongs

Put On “Kindness”

KindnessPut on “Kindness”

“Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. Kindness ever accompanies love. ”  – Webster

Usefulness, that is, moral excellence (in character or demeanor)    – Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

These descriptions have to do with how you employ yourself. It can be worthy or unworthy. The new man makes the good choice.

One must not overlook the description of moral excellence. Kindness is only stumbled into by the secularist if at all. True morality is only sourced in the Creator God. It is really only learned about by attaining the knowledge of God and His ways. Moral excellence is a by product of the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit. This is a characteristic of the “new man” in particular. One’s real character and demeanor results from whether or not that they are born from above.