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Exhort Servants to be Obedient unto Their Own Masters

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” Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters,”
–  Titus 2:9

This passage needs to be seen from two perspectives. The Greek word for servant implies slave status (involuntary subservience) or voluntary subservience. In the United States absolute slavery, i.e ownership of persons. is unlawful.  It is not uncommon that people voluntarily submit to others for purposes of employment or the care of others such as for medical or other purposes. Both status views are frequently seen in the Bible.

This passage expresses how one is to behave when he finds himself as one subservient to another. Such behavior is expected for a purpose of glorifying God in all things. One’s behavior style in such circumstances is not optional, according to feeling or based upon self importance. One’s manner of conduct is presented as an imperative required by God.

The manner of conduct and the objective of one’s conduct are clearly stated. Obedience is the manner. Obedience means that one will obey the directions and will of another. To be obedient, one must be subordinate to another. This means that they  act as an inferior to the plan and order of another and the application of that other one’s will.

To be obedient, there must be a master to whom they yield. The word master is a compound which comes from the word for husband (a man) and the concept of being bound to. The implication here is that of an absolute ruler, a lord, or tyrant, even a despot. A despot  rules without having accountability to any other man.

Each servant is obedient to “his own” master.  There are practical applications to this with regard to the proper understanding of the Christian walk.

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Bible Study – Using the Copy Method

The copy method of Bible study may well be one of the oldest ones available.

The Bible tells us, and I quote, “Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. ” This verse, because it is positioned in the book of Revelation, has implications of the future. These implications also place responsibility upon the believer in Jesus Christ to prepare for future responsibilities.

This copy method is drawn from principles found in the book of Deuteronomy. It was required of the King, when he sat upon the throne of his kingdom, he was to write him a copy of the law in a book. The application of this Scripture suggests that believers will have future responsibilities whereby they should be clearly acquainted with the Scriptures. Because they will have been made kings and priests unto God they should be prepared for such duties. A good preparation for such duties could be had by taking a pen, taking some paper, and copying the Scriptures into a book.

The first question that a college student might ask is, “Why do this in such a menial way.” College students are taught to read volumes of material attic very quick pace. While this may be appropriate in many courses of study, the Bible needs to be studied as much as read. By writing every word of the Scripture one must slow down. This slowing down allows for time to meditate upon what is being copy.

Meditation upon the Word of God is important. Meditation allows for comparing Scripture with Scripture. Meditation allows for dwelling upon meanings of words. Meditation allows for comparing what the Scripture says with how the individual’s life is in relationship to the word of God.

Once an individual grasps the concept of biblical imperatives then it is easier to make application in one’s personal life.
Testimony of other benefits

  • This method is very beneficial for those who have problems with attention in reading.
  • Some who say that they cannot grasp a concept in the first reading, readily gain this information in the first try, when they copy such into a book.
  • We live in a day whereby they no longer teach cursive writing. It is suggested by some educators that when one copies scriptures into a book, it allows them to perfect the art of cursive writing. It also encourages improved and consistent penmanship.

Suggestions for beginning

  • Do not write longer than your attention span allows. This may mean that you will only write a verse a day in the beginning.
  • Allow for breaks. The arm muscles only allow for a certain amount of writing in the beginning.
  • Learn good cursive rules of penmanship. Search this out on the internet. Follow them implicitly. By doing so, you will be able to develop great stamina, quality penmanship, and it will be more fun.

 

Fundamental Bible Christianity: Has it been washed out by culturalization?

When the true, the pure, the real basics of Christianity are destroyed, how can one expect it to survive? Truth is either truth or it is nothing at all. That is the way Christianity is being treated, as nothingness and worthless. Destroy the foundations and the structure becomes useless.

The following link describes the issues at hand. Except there be some who will read and understand what is written, there will be none to distinguish and remind others of the true.

Post Fundamentalism: Part 1

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Summer, a time of vulnerability.

When times of change come, a person becomes most spiritually vulnerable.

Now that the study time of formal classes have come to an end, one needs to use this time to evaluate the year now past. This article is aimed particularly at the student who says, “I am a Christian.”

You have completed a series of courses in your college. You need to study the Bible and make comparisons. Did what I learn agree with or disagree with teachings of the Bible? If the Bible is the Word of God, and there is no other document which makes this authoritative claim like the Bible does, then the Bible is without error. If there are conflicts of contradiction between the Bible and your course material, you need to determine what these contradictions are. What is the scope of the contradicting material? Why is the course material in contradiction in subject matter? Is it really a contradiction? What will your response to all of this be?

Once you determine the issues at hand, consider that logic does not allow for contradiction nor allow for both to be true. God being not only the God of truth, He as Creator of all defines truth through his character and being. Therefore, if your course material is in conflict with the Word of God, then the course material in any particular instance of contradiction is in error.

It is important to discern this error. Your world view, and your practical working out of a life plan depend on your knowing the truth. If you do not know and understand both the truth and understand why it is truth, you will make devastating wrong judgments, missteps, and hurtful acts. Wrong is wrong and wrong committed will injure others in various ways and according to incremental degrees. You do not want to be accountable.

Therefore, take this summer break from studies to systematically study the Bible so you will be able to discern the differences. You need to be able to discern the reasons for the differences. Understanding is to take observations and to order them Biblically and logically. Wisdom provides that you then conduct yourself according to God approved conduct.

Your choice is at hand. Fail to make the right decisions now, and pay the consequences through subsequent failures and chastisements received at the hand of the living God in real time. Read Proverbs chapters 1-3.