“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith,”
– Titus 2:2
There are two parts to this verse. The character of aged men are to be sober, grave, temperate, sound. The outworking of these character traits are to be effected three ways. First in faith, second in charity, and thirdly in patience.
IN FAITH. Faith implies that one is persuaded, he has thought it through so that he has credence in the matter. The result is moral conviction regarding these beliefs. All of this has not come about in a day. He is an elder. He has come to some maturity regarding this because he has looked around in a circumspect manner. He is sober.
In faith, he acts in an honorable and respectful manner. He has true reverence regarding the truths of God and their application. He is respected in this. He is grave.
In faith, he is in control of his feelings. He is not likely to be maneuvered to disadvantage. His cognitive facilities are well established so that feelings do not control his actions for he has self control. He is temperate.
In faith, he is characterized by health. This healthiness is a growing strengthening thing. It is characterized by soundness. He is sound.
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“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” – Titus 1:16
This standard points out leadership requirements. It also points out people one should never follow. Profession of faith is not enough. It is easy to give assent to an idea or thought. But unless that assent carries forth into action which is consistent with a meeting or agreement of minds, the assent can only be seen as false and deceptive.
If one knows God, they would take, receive, or hold to that which is of God precious to the point of conforming their lives to that which pleases God. They perceive with certainty; understand clearly the truths, the fact, the life which God offers. It changes behavior. But the absence of appropriate behavioral change in their works means that they deny God.
The denial of God is abominable, detestable. It is a direct action of idolatry. The word comes from the concept of stink, to be disgusting. One who is disobedient displays that he is unpersuadable, contumacious (One who swells against, is haughty, hence obstinate; perverse; stubborn; inflexible; unyielding.) Every good work of his should be considered reprobate or unapproved, rejected, and worthless. The implication here may be made that all their own works are reprobate.
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“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”
– Titus 1:12-13
It is highly important that people be healthy in their moral conviction – their faith. Today, hosts of others make great effort to corrupt good men. Their efforts of persuasion are intense and come from every corner.
How should we respond to them? Take the truth and then “rebuke them sharply.” What does this mean? We need to confute them. We need to disprove their words. We need to prove why their words are false, defective or invalid. We need to overthrow their erroneous reasoning. We need to admonish them with the truth. We do this by notifying and warning them of their fault. We need to counsel them against wrong practice. We need to caution or advise them. Once you know their purposeful objective in speech, they need to be cut off abruptly and even peremptorily. Few people are practiced in this. many people need to learn.
A sound and healthy faith must be practiced and defended. The corruption of faith and sound doctrine is all too frequent.
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For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: – Titus 1:5
For what cause?
- “the faith of God’s elect, and
- the acknowledging of the truth
- which is after godliness;
- which God,
- that cannot lie,
- promised before the world began;
- But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching”
– Titus 1:1b – 3
In this phrase, we see a clearly state purpose of ministry of Paul in Crete. We also see this to be a purpose statement which should be the flag by which all believers need to follow in their walk in Christ. This is what we need to be organizing our lives about. We need to be taking this message and ministry to those around whom we live. This needs to be the standard and purpose of our personal lives.
#faith #God’sElect #truth #godliness #EternalLife #lie #WordOfGod
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.
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.