“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine . . . ” – Titus 1:9
When one is able, he is capable. He may express that which is powerful. What is in his grasp is possible. This capability does not come from innate strength. It comes by means of assist. This assist comes from doctrine that is sound.
Doctrine contains a body of truth which is placed into the hands of another by the process of instruction. It is something learned for the purpose that the learner teaches it to another.
The soundness of doctrine is important! Soundness implies that which has health. It suggests wellness, as wellness of body. In this case the information imparted is not sick. The implication is that there is no corruptness contained in or imparted in the indoctrination or teaching process. The measure of soundness is only according to the standard of God. He is the Creator.
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Should it not be disturbing to a student if he were to learn that his professor seems to not know that truth is always is true? The meaning of truth references that which remains. It is something that does not deceive. The words “to know, knowledge, fact, and even information depend upon this understanding. Without truth, mathematics ceases to be understandable. Science becomes a myth. Logic is no longer logical. Truth cannot come from that which is random for random is fraught with inconsistencies. Except it come from the source of intelligence, the Creator of Heaven and earth, meaning ceases to exist.
There is a logical process by which intellectual thoughts rise from statistical observations to the level of wisdom.
Data – Data is collected statistical observation or a record of an instance or sequence of experiences.
Information – Information is data that is organized into some kind of form or shape. It must be sufficiently recognizable that one might be able to make meaningful sense of it.
Knowledge – Knowledge is the interpretive view of information. Therefore information plus a world view raises this intellectual concept to the level of knowledge. But if the wrong world view is referenced, the product becomes compromised. True knowledge is information which is evaluated according to the view and perspective of the Creator God. I.e. Are you looking at things according to God’s world view? This is the first manifestation of the proper exercise of intelligence. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
Understanding – Understanding is the ability to evaluate or separate knowledge into its qualities. Is it good/bad; true/false; right/wrong; just/unjust; useful/vanity; pure/defiled; or holy/unholy? Proverbs 1:4 “…receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity…”
Wisdom – Wisdom is making right decisions which result in right actions which glorify God both as to the process (means) and goals (objectives). These decisions are morally correct.
If one understands the thought process of how to arrive at wisdom, then wisdom is not so hard to achieve. Life can be very straight forward. It is only really difficult when one does not think God’s thoughts after Him.
Genesis 22:14 “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
The providence of God is all provision, indeed. We need not fret nor worry.
With every command is full provision. We may not be able to see into the future. We are able to be assured that with God, He us sufficient for all.
We may not be able to see, ourselves, exactly how everything is to work out. We are to follow his every wish explicitly even though we do not understand fully. By this we show faith (faithfulness) and we show obedience. We show that we fear our Creator.
The end result is that we also will be able to look back. In looking back we realize that everything really does result in marvelous provision. Gods ways really are the best ways. Our heart is full because we could want no more or anything done in a better way. God’s ways are perfect. His provision and outworking of any event is greater than our ways.
While many would want to blur the differences between godliness and ungodliness, the Scriptures allow for no such thing. Those who say otherwise are full of twisted thinking and pervert truth.
The godly man will do the following:
- Be subject to principalities and powers
- obey magistrates
- Be ready to every good work
- speak evil of no man
- be no brawlers
- be gentle, showing meekness unto all men
The ungodly man will be known by being:
- serving divers lusts and pleasures
- living in malice and envy
- hating one another
Now check the characteristics of your life against the above. How will those around you see you? Do you act like a Christian or not? If you cannot be as the godly man, do not be surprised. It means you need to turn to your Creator, receive the salvation which has been provided you in Christ Jesus, and enter into the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Only then will the change take place. All your “good works will not help you. There is only one way of salvation. When you submit to that way, salvation from sin and death will be within your grasp.
Reference: Titus 3:1-7
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Have you considered that there are multitudes of people who have spent decades of their lives collecting piles of observations. This data is stored in their brains, stuffed into filing cabinets, loaded onto hard drives and disks, piled in boxes, placed onto shelves, piled on table tops, hidden behind closet doors, and found toppling out of the corners of offices and storage rooms. All of this comes from individual observations and are collections of organized teams who track others to learn from their experiences.
This alone cannot be classified as either information or knowledge.
Consider others who have attended the universities of the world. They have attended lectures of noted academics who speak great and swelling words about all the data they have collected. They discuss with great dexterity their interpretation of it all. Those who are students then matriculate. Some do so maybe with great honors and advanced degrees. They go on to write a multitude of articles and books on various matters. The may travel and lecture and receive the praise of many distinguished personages, forums, and agencies.
All of this does not yet establish that they have attained to either information or knowledge.
It is not amazing that with all of this they suffer awful depression as they enter old age and realize that they have never risen above the status of the silly and the fool. They realize that they do not even yet know what is the source of knowledge. They do not perceive the purpose of knowledge. They do not even know how to use knowledge. What they thought was good was shown to them that in eternity to be the source of great evil.
Is this not the epitome of great emptiness? Is it not vanity? Does this not help explain why as many college level students observe and perceive emptiness of life and purpose? Is this not cause for many students contemplate suicide? Collegiate years and old age are the periods in life in which people do contemplate taking their lives. The young because they see no usefulness or value to life. The aged because they recognize that they have labored for empty reasons and they despair. The Bible is very clear about the reasons for making man and reasons for his service which are rewarded. But without knowledge, all is vanity.
Knowledge and information presume a moral base, according to Webster’s early dictionary. This is not an amoral matter as some might be want to think. Knowledge is irrevocably founded upon an individual’s acknowledgment of and fear of God, the Creator of All. It is the moral relationship of information and knowledge and the God which makes it all possible for one to perceive purpose and the usefulness of knowledge. One cannot organize the data of observation and experiences without knowing its purpose or moral significance. Its relationship to the Creator God and His created universe is primary to understanding.
When we need advice, where should we turn for this advice?
The first place is the Scriptures. Because the Scriptures have been given to us by the Almighty, Eternal, Omniscient Creator. It is always relevant, always true and unchanging. Sometimes we get the wrong notion that the Bible is old and therefore outdated, old fashioned, and lacking in usefulness in our day. But the truths of our eternal God never grow out of fashion nor usefulness because they manifest His character.
A second place to go to obtain advice might be our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we consider advice from them, we need to be sure that they hold to the ultimate standard in giving advice. This means that they are well studied in the Scriptures. The advice they give needs to come out of the scriptures as it is literally understood. Their advice cannot contradict Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) The foundation of faith is the evidence of the sure Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
It is always wrong to try to found righteous decisions upon the advice of the atheist, the heathen, the idolater, or any unbeliever. These sources or persons do not have knowledge concerning right things to do. In fact they technically have no knowledge at all. (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 2:1-9) All they can share with you are observations and experiences. But because they fear not God they cannot put form or shape to these observations and experiences. One necessary form is that of righteousness. Another is perspective. They do not know right paths and are ever stumbling in the darkness of sin.
For a Christian to give advice which is questionable, or contrary to direct statements of Scripture is also a grievous thing. (1John 2:10) A spiritual person should be able to discern between the spirits and to know when others might be leading them the wrong way. (1 John 4:1) The big question to ask is would God make this same decision? If not, then we ought not make that decision either. One of the most common errors today is to imply that something is right because other “Christians” do it. All this needs to be measured and quantified by what the Scriptures actually say and teach. Yes Paul the apostle called disciples to be “followers of me.” But the condition is “even as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1) But be aware that “for many walk…are the enemies of the cross of Christ:) (Philippians 3:17-18)
So the call is to be perfect minded in Christ Jesus. Make right decisions. Make those decisions because they agree with Christ. Do not fall from the place of blessing. Know your decision is correct because you fear God above all else.
Who is Jesus? (3) “For by Him were all things created,..visible and invisible,..” (Colossians 1:16) In the days of Darwin, they eye was a simple mass of tissue and fluid. Today with microscopes, what was unseen then, is now known to have incredible complexity (energy making machines, roads, trucking devices operating in the cells). In all this we peek at evidence of the infinite foreknowledge of our God.
Who is Jesus? (2) “For by him were all things created,.. and that are in earth,..” (Colossians 1:16) As evidence continues to mount that all life is locked within its own kind, or the amazing degree of balance of water, heat and light, or the wide diversity of flora which defies time and chance in its presence, we see the omniscient and omnipotent power of Jesus as God. It causes me to worship with awe.
Making Spiritual Preparations for the Fall College Semester
It won’t be what you expect.
While you were in High School or even in your local community college but living at home, you lived in a protected spiritual environment. Being at home, you had a support group who encouraged you in your beliefs.
Loss of your support group
When you come to a college where you will be living in a totally strange community, your support group is now gone. You will be able to develop such a support group only with great difficulty. Some never enjoy that same degree of luxury the rest of their lives.
Core Belief Foundations
Now you will have to depend upon your core beliefs. Hopefully you have already established them. You should have gotten them firmly in place by the time you were 12 or 13. Then the teen years should have been the time to apply these beliefs to the challenges of life. You have to know that your faith system is unshakably secure.
It Can’t Be your Parents Beliefs
Your belief system must be made up of those things worthy to die for. These are things which you will not compromise no matter what it costs. If your room mate suggests things which go against your core beliefs, you will not budge. Right is right and wrong is wrong. You know what you believe and you know why. You know that real truth can never be compromised. You know your belief system comes from God your Creator and He never changes. He is the source of all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. He who contradicts God is acting foolishly. And you do not want to walk the walk of a fool.
Your Beliefs WILL be Challenged
From the minute you walk onto your new campus, your beliefs will be attacked. They will be attacked subtly and sometimes openly. They will be attack beginning your first day of college orientation. It is likely psychologists will tell you that all beliefs you came to college with are childish things. College is the place to put away childish things. They may say that it is a time to grow up and think for yourself. They will tell you that you will set aside many of your superstitions. You will rework and reestablish belief systems and become and adult. They will do everything in their resources to take away from you your belief system and substitute it with their belief system. If you do not KNOW that your beliefs are right, you will be shaken to the very core of your foundation.