Tag Archives: character

Aged Men be . . . Sound

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“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound”  –  Titus 2:2

If one is sound, he has sound health, that is, be well (in body or some manner of character). He is to be figuratively to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine).

This is not a staid status or condition. The root Greek definition of this word indicates a growing of this characteristic. soundness should wax. It should enlarge in manner.

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That Aged Men Should Be Grave

Aged Men, be Grave

 That the aged men be sober, grave,   – Titus 2:2

Aged men have real responsibility. They need to be grave. The time for youthful play and foolishness is over. They need to be doing things which are worthy of honor and respect; as a venerable magistrate or a venerable parent. Their ways should be regardable with awe and treated with reverence. If we are to build character, they must do things which are worthy of esteem due and build high estimation by their words or actions in the eyes of those around them. Society needs to build  high expectation of others through the usage of the term honorable, as was often used regarding honorable judges, congressmen, legislators, and other people of public office. If they failed to live to such expectations, they were turned out of office. The Bible applies this expectation of being grave men to all aged men.

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Holy

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For a Bishop must be . . . holy, . .”  –  Titus 1:8

This standard for Christian Leadership, or any manner of leadership for this matter is ignored by altogether too many people. Holy character is essential.

Holiness [hosios] is properly right. Rightness is  intrinsic or divine in character.

  • Rightness should be distinguished from equitable [dikaios]. Equitable has to do more with human statutes and relations.
  • Rightness should be distinguished from sacred [hieros] which denotes formal consecration.
  • Rightness should be distinguished from hallowed [hagos] which relates to purity from defilement.
    – Strongs

Right must adhere to the standards of God. It is not repugnant to the laws of God. It must be pleasing in the sight of God. It must be compatible to the will of God. It must be in accordance to God’s perfect standard of truth. In the literal sense, right is a straight line of conduct, and wrong is a crooked one. Right therefore is rectitude or straightness. Perfect rectitude is found only in our infinite God and his will.

“Rectitude”
In morality, rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws. Rectitude of mind is the disposition to act in conformity to any known standard of right, truth or justice; rectitude of conduct is the actual conformity to such standard. Perfect rectitude belongs only to the Supreme Being. The more nearly the rectitude of men approaches to the standard of the divine law, the more exalted and dignified is their character. Want of rectitude is not only sinful, but debasing.  –  Webster

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Not Selfwilled

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“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled”
–  Titus 1:7

This characteristic of Leadership is a negative. This characteristic does not look good in a leader. Selfwill works against the character of a steward. It destroys the cooperation that should work between those being managed and the manager. Selfwill is like a baffling wind buffeting those one should be working with. Selfwill displays sensual delight in one’s personal selfish ways, displacing the interest a leader should have in the well being of those he is leading. He is dominantly self pleasing and arrogant.

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If Any Be . . . The Husband of One Wife

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If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, . . ”  – Titus 1:6

This is the second in the set of standards for Christian leadership. Being the husband of one wife speaks a lot concerning a man’s character. It takes a lot to be able to manage a home and enter into proper relationships with regard to another individual such as a wife. It has to do with how he manages his own life regarding Christian spiritual character. Can another person care to live with and work with that individual on a long term basis? (Colossians; Galatians)

It is very specific in the Greek that an elder is of the male gender. It specifically translates “man.” We now live in an age where marriage is being redefined. The literal translation of this passage clearly defines marriage as being one man and one woman. So those who choose to do otherwise do not qualify for Christian leadership as an elder. (Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:39)

The term “one” here means one or first. The Bible defines marriage as being a contract or covenant. There is no divine provision for breaking this agreement. (Matthew 19:6)  It is something which continues until one of those who made the agreement dies. In this sense, the previous term “blameless” comes into play. This is part of the requirement of living lawfully before God. While some would say, “Yes there is an exclusionary clause.” Such discussion is only in the context of sin having taken place. Therefore the term blameless supersedes in the requirement for qualification as an elder.

An appointed elder must be one who keeps covenant.

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Ordain Elders in Every City

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and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:”
– Titus 1:5

An elder is a person who is older rather than younger in person, experience, and maturity.  It might be thought of as a comparative description among a group of people. Regarding the church, he would be one who is well instructed and inclined in Godly matters. Clarke suggests that the elder should be able to instruct others, and observe and enforce the discipline of the church.

It is thought that there were nearly 100 cities in the isle of Crete at the time. Paul was likely to have ministered in as many of these as possible to preach Christ crucified and risen. – Clarke With this many communities, it would be important to choose out or ordain leadership so that there would be consistency of holiness.

The following verses describe the character and manner of a good elder.

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