“…the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; ..”
– Titus 1:1
The Biblical definition for truth comes from a compound word with two senses. (1) not or privation (union) (2) concealing or hiding – Strong
Privation has to do with the act of removing something possessed; the removal or destruction of anything or quality. The garrison was compelled by privation to surrender. Or, For what is this contagious sin of kind but a privation of that grace within? Darkness is a privation of light. The act of the mind in separating a thing from something appendant. The act of degrading from rank or office. In this sense, deprivation is now used. – Webster
So truth is a matter which is not hidden or concealed. Truth is not in union with concealing a matter. What is most concealed in this day and age? It is the Word of God and the will of God for mankind. That which is after godliness has been removed from the path of education, from kindergarten to and through the University. Truth is missing. Effort is to expunge it from our laws, our halls of justice, and our legislatures. Truth is being purged from radio, television, news outlets, newspapers, and our agencies of sporting events. In the latter is being promoted the method of the “politically correct.” Where is the concern to being godly and pure.
One either acknowledges the truth after Godliness or hides it. Our society is now suffering great privation from godliness.
Why is this privation a great devastation to mankind? The eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of all that there is, established truth. It is by this truth that real order is possible. Truth from this omniscient one is the basis of all possible blessing. To conceal truth that is sourced from our Creator is the consequence of death, desolation, sadness, sorrow, warfare, hatred, social disintegration, and every form of wickedness, transgression, sin and depravity.
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What are the characteristics of “The New Man”?
- He is renewed in knowledge
- after the image of him that created him
- Where there is neither:
- Greek nor Jew
- circumcision nor uncircumcision
- bond nor free
- But Christ is all
In the discussion of the new man, he is a contrast to the old man in Colossians 3:9. The old man is characterized by his deeds in verse 8. Such deeds are not worthy of commendation. Such deeds are to be put off. They are not characteristic of the new man.
The new man is renewed in knowledge. This knowledge is after the image of the Lord Jesus Christ who created him. This means that the believer is immersed into a whole new world view. This world view is based in knowledge. Prior to this the man lived in ignorance. In particular this ignorance was concerning knowledge of his Creator. Such necessary knowledge patterns one to the image of his Creator.
The character of the new man is unique. He is not patterned after any religious grouping, ethnic grouping, nor civil legal status known before. All prior identifications ceased. This new identification is very specific. He is to understand that Christ is all and in all. All is after the image of him that created him. Jesus Christ is the basis of knowledge.
Covetousness is the final item a believer must mortify in the list in verse 5. This list is not made up of suggestions. This matter is very serious ” For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:..” verse 6
Mortifying such things indicates a clear difference between natural man and men of God. The wrath of God speaks of violent passion as would be expressed in punishment.
Covetousness is a strong and inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good. (Webster) Strongs Concordance says that it refers to avarice. It is something obtained by fraudulency or extortion. In fact, the verse adds further importance by saying it is idolatry. This indicates that whatever desire that is expressed is more important to the individual than his desire to please God. That IS idolatry.
Therefore it is imperative to remember the importance of verse 6. Ultimately, the ways of the world reap no pleasant fruitfulness. The reaping can happen at any time. The children of disobedience are all those who know not Christ nor are known of Him! The believer must not do things which are characteristic to children of disobedience!
For one to define filth in a person’s life, many find this difficult today. It seems that everyone is want to do that which is right in their own eyes. To define what is clean, is a lot easier when one looks at it from the perspective of the eternal God who is not only Creator but the definer of all.
Uncleanness is a word which combines two thoughts. According to Strong’s Concordance it is defined as “impurity (quality), physically and morally.” The first part of the word is a negative particle. It is the word “not”. Such as “not clean.” The second part of the word means “cleansed”. It refers to that which is impure (ceremonially, morally [lewd] or specifically [demonic]).
The word demonic implies one or something is under the power of a demon. Demons are unclean spirits. That which is unclean is not set apart for the use and glory of God. A demon’s purpose is to appose God in all matters.
What is unclean is described by the term filth or foul. It is something to be separated from. It describes something diseased. If God sees uncleanness in you, He will turn away. This implies loss of blessing. Uncleanness is the opposite of holiness. (2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19; 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 4:7)
The intent of the idea “mortify” says to abhore those things in your life which are unclean. You should consider such ways a contradiction to living a life as a Christian. Such conduct is also contradictory to the concept of the body of Christ, the church. All those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ do not want to return to that which is uncleaness.
Fornication is taught as being an acceptable way of life according to many who live by the world’s approval system. It is presumed to be OK by teachers from the elementary school systems all the way through higher education. It is frequently presented as acceptable in written literature, on the World Wide Web, on television, in movies, and in many videos.
God in His Bible, teaches that this life style is unapproved.
The Biblical word “fornication” comes from the Greek word “porneia.” From this word we have the English word porno-graphy. Strongs Concordance defines it as harlotry (including adultery and incest) and figuratively idolatry. The emphasis from this word history suggests a commercial aspect. Thayer’s Bible Dictionary defines it as “illicit sexual intercourse.” It amplifies the definition to include adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, etc. It also includes intercourse with close relatives. It is used metaphorically, the worship of idols.
The importance of this command is that those who intend be known as people of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are accountable to set such habits and conduct behind them and cease approving and doing them.
The circumcision of Christ is a unique matter.
In the past Judeo perspective, the prime symbol and action used by man to display that he was pleasing God was the circumcision of the flesh. In the Christian perspective, this is no longer a defining principle. Now, one who is by faith is complete in Christ by the circumcision of Christ, based upon the instructions of Colossians 2 from the Holy Bible.
This “circumcision of Christ” is made without hands. It is the “putting off the body of sins of the flesh.” by baptism. (Colossians 2:12-23) This baptism is not water baptism. Water baptism is done with hands. It is a baptism whereby one is immersed into the Holy Spirit. This is a work of God.
The changes that come about through the “circumcision of Christ” are as follows:
- As Jesus was buried, we were buried with him in baptism.
- As Jesus was raised alive, so we are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
- You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him.
- In this he has “forgiven you all trespasses.
- There is the blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [that which was in the Law of Moses]
- that was against us
- which was contrary to us
- He took it out of the way nailing it to his cross;
- In this he spoiled principalities and powers
- he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- Commentary: People used such following ceremonial requirements to control others.
- Examples where men would judge you
- in meat
- in drink
- in respect of an holy day
- of the new moon
- of the sabbath
- All of the above list are a shadow of things to come.
- But the body is of Christ.
Commentary: this body is not of Moses nor his law nor Israel.
- Let no man beguile you of your reward
- in voluntary humility
- in worshipping of angels
- Not intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
- vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind
- not holding the Head (ignoring the concept of the body which should be responding to the head)
- not being subject to ordinances
- touch not
- taste not
- handle not
- after the commandments and doctrines of men
- Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom
- in will worship, and
- humility, and
- neglecting of the body;
- not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Christ Jesus is
Head of all principality and power. – Colossians 2:7 – 10
A principality refers to any state, office, or authority. He it is who is chief over mankind in all that man is or does.
Power refers to the “ability to exercise mastery over.”
Therefore it is imperative for everyone to exercise faith (faithfulness) in/unto Him. For only in Him is one able to accomplish completeness of life. It is only to Him that we have ultimate accountability whether we are faithful or not.
USE the QUESTION Method!
When you are on campus, each encounter with others requires that you do so in a Spirit controlled manner. Galatians 5:22-26. While it is appropriate to initiate an occasional conversation, we must do it according to the rules and manner of this passage of Scripture.
If someone asks you if you believe something, do not deny the fact of it. But when it has potential to be taken out of context, ask for permission to speak to or explain the matter.
Make every effort to not speak in anger or impolitely. If you are cut off, accept their rudeness and wait for another opportunity. Do not press what others do not want to hear. Make every effort to be gracious in your conduct.
Do not make effort to belittle others.
When in class, if the time is appropriate, ask polite and when possible pointed questions. When your sources say one thing and that of the professor says another, you might explain what you have heard and then ask about the difference. It is not important that the conclusive answer is agreeable to you. You raised the question and the other parties to the discussion will be caused to be accountable to think the matter through.
Do not be responsible for preventing a lecturer from reasonably completing his task.
MAINLY – We live in a world today which does not like authority. When we use the methods of statement and proofs, it is more likely to be rejected out of hand. Phrase your efforts in carefully worded questions. If they become interested, then carefully put forth a statement or explanation of why you asked. You might continue this option if they ask for more. But when they hesitate or resist, then return to the question asking format as long as they have interest. It is better to cut your time short rather than go too long. If they don’t have a comfortable answer, they become highly intimidated. Leave them time to find out an answer or to ask what you think. Or save the encounter for another occasion.
Knowledge by itself is not good enough. In fact knowledge by itself can come to be a great sorrow for you. Without the ability to take this knowledge and properly use it, you could reap real trouble. You need guidance in knowledge’s use. Read below.
Pro 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
Pro 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
Pro 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
Pro 3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Pro 3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
Pro 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Pro 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Pro 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
When one pays money to go to school, it is easy to presume that the instructor is teaching truth. Such presumption is not necessarily a good presumption. If one presumes that an instructor knows what they’re talking about because they have a degree after their name suggesting they have had good education, this is a bad presumption. Such presumption assumes that an instructor tells the truth. Such a presumption presumes that they graduated first in her class. Such presumption assumes that what they were taught in their class was accurate material. All of these presumptions may or may not be true.
Testing the quality
In order to test the quality that one receives instruction, one must test to see if it is true. To test for truth, one must do independent studies in the library, on the computer, by asking questions of others who you know have done the same. One test that most people ignore is the test of God. The most accurate way of testing if it is of God, is to compare information with the Bible. If the information contradicts the Bible, then it is an error. The Bible was written by an eternal God who never changes. The same eternal God created the heavens and the earth. All things that are in the earth and all things in society that relates to earth were designed and made by God. If information contradicts express revelation of God it is wrong. It is wrong because it contradicts the pattern of design that God has revealed to us in his word the Bible.
Every person is created in the image of God. Every person is accountable to God. This responsibility is an individual responsibility.
We live in a world today where individual responsibility is avoided. Too many people depend upon the opinion of others. When it comes time for judgment, we cannot blame others for what we do, whether it is right or wrong. We tend to live in a world which bases all opinion on group opinion. All groups can help us in finding truth or right-thinking, groups cannot be responsible for the result of our personal thinking. To depend on groups or best friends or distinguished persons to guide us in right-thinking can be a fatal flaw. Individual responsibility requires that we make our own decisions and then pay the price for those decisions.