“That aged women . . . teach the younger women to be . . . good”
– Titus 2:3-5
How does one define good? Perhaps by using Scriptural comparisons.
Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
- Goodness is manifest by what comes out of the mouth.
- A good person’s mouth will be used unto edifying.
- Goodness is seen by who one follows – Jesus Christ rather than man’s ways.
- A good person is faithful in “very little.”
- A good person will have a good conscience before God.
- A good person will abound unto every good work.
- A good persons are created in Christ Jesus unto good works and will walk in them.
- Goodness is known of women professing godliness.
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“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, . .” – Titus 1:9
Whether is has been in the past or even in the present, many people tend to change what they have been taught to things according to the ways which they would wish it to be. When it has to do with the knowledge and ways of God, all truths are absolute. God demands obedience not democracy. ONLY His ways are ways which lead to righteousness. So elders who were assigned the duties of bishop have been taught God’s ways and God’s truth. They are not to be inventive and teach those things which seem right in “their own” eyes. “Hath been taught” also indicates that they are not to be novices who are not instructed or unproved, but those who will show that they will be faithful.
The question which needs to be asked, “Should not every believer and anyone in any kind of leadership rise to this same standard?”
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For a bishop must be . . . holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught,
“Holding fast” is a two part Greek word. It means “to hold oneself opposite to, that is, (by implication) adhere to; by extension to care for.” – Strongs It does not imply to stand apposed to. The sense of it is to be directly in interaction with the word because of one’s position of being close to it. The sense of opposite suggests facing it for the purpose of interacting with it. There is nothing here that suggests casualness. Too many people think that they can do a quick once over reading of the word and then be done with it. It is not the same as another piece of literature. It affects every part of an individual’s life if one adheres to it with depth of energy.
The word is “faithful”. The sense of faithful is that of being trustful. It is objectively trustworthy. Its character is being able to convince. That which is faithful engenders the ground for confidence. It enables a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle of another – in this case, the word.
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” If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” – Titus 1:6
In establishing standards for Christian Leadership, it is important that the elder has established control over his own house. It would seem that this would especially apply to those having children who are some bit older. But there are homes where children who are very young seem to rule the house and are very unruly.
While the intent of a Christian leader is that his children would be saved. It is God who saves a soul and transforms them to godliness. The parent can have considerable influence to prevent profligacy or inclination to riot.
A profligate or very vicious course of life is a state of being abandoned in moral principle and in vice. While as a child, he is under the supervision of a parent and such activities may be highly suppressed. Once the child leaves home, such foolishness, if a child does not exercise under self control, is supervised by government, if it will. There are children who lose consideration for their parents when they move away.
An unruly child is unsubdued. He is insubordinate in fact or temper. This is usually related to whether a parent exercises appropriate discipline. If a child is allowed to rule the home because the parent neglectfully fails to give proper training and attends to the needs of the child, he will be inclined to be unruly. Such attitudes in the child indicate that the deficiencies in the child will be a precurser of the neglect which will follow in the actions of leadership in the church and elsewhere.
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