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What does the grace of God do?

 

GraceTeachingFor the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,”
–  Titus 2:12

The “grace of God” teaches us to discern proper actions. We are to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. The us in this passage refers to all men in general and to believers in particular.

This is not an off hand instruction. This instruction is given because God’s creatures have a tendency to act like children who seem to lack understanding, maturity, and  who need training. This is written to educate and discipline us to right conduct.

Ungodliness is demonstrated when one is impious. Impiety involves irreverence towards the Supreme Being. It is wanting in veneration of God and his authority.  It is irreligious and profane. It treats with contempt, sacred things. It is secular; polluted; not pure.

Worldly lust is demonstrated when one is involved in wickedness. Wickedness is a departure from the rules of the divine law. It shows an evil disposition or practices. It involves immorality, crime, sin, sinfulness, corrupt manners, or any evil practices.  Worldly lust is understood to take as important the orderly arrangement attempted by those who deny Gods arrangement and purpose. Essentially is the corruption of God’s order. It is the longing for ways which are forbidden by God.

The bottom line is, “Do not mix the worldly ways with God’s ways!”

#ungodliness #worldly #lusts #denying #teaching

The Grace of God . . . Appeared

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“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”  – Titus 2:11

While the word “grace” is the subject, it is of God. It is a characteristic of God. It is an action of God. It is a gratifying aspect of God’s person. It is the product of the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. The result is the expression of gratitude. It is able to bring cheer into the life of man who knows he is condemned in his sin and can find no escape within his own means.

Through grace God brings salvation to the hopeless. God comes to the defense of the creature. He rescues and enables means for his safety. This provision is through His appearance to all men. This speaks of the incarnation of Jesus Christ upon whom the Heavenly Father laid the propitiatory (satisfying) judgment of sin unto all who believe in Him.

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Adorn the Doctrine of God

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Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;   Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Titus 2:9-10

It does not matter who you are or your station in life. We all must have as our purpose of life to “adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

What does it mean to adorn?The doctrine or teaching of God needs to be applied and or put in proper order. God’s order is better than man’s order. If a decorated room is an orderly room according to the plan of the decorator, then a decorated life is ordered according to the master decorator, our Creator and Saviour.

In the old days, a long burned candle might have a wick which becomes too long and would burn in a smoky manner. Before the candle is burned more, one would snuff the wick or trim it to ensure a clean burning light.  So an individual needs to snuff his life to ensure that sin is not seen.

And so it is necessary to snuff our lives such that we may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

#snuff #doctrine #God #Saviour #adorn

They “profess” to know God?

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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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The Fundamentals are Essential!

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Every discipline has fundamentals or essentials! Whether it is football, medicine, teaching English or any language, computer science, personal relations, skills of welding, dress making, music, playing an instrument, piano tuning, education, law, justice, or Christianity, every discipline has its fundamentals.

The further one departs from the fundamentals, the greater risk one has of causing damage, injury, chaos, and loss. The object of a good education is to instill a respect and knowledge of the fundamentals. The fundamentals of math includes the learning of the number system, especially adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division. Then one learns the fundamentals of logic and its rules. By building upon these fundamentals, one learns and is able to apply the language of science. From this he is able to make discoveries which enhance the well being of man. These principles of fundamentals enable one to learn the plan and will of his God and to establish and enhance a relationship with Him. Without the fundamentals, learning in these areas will stop and it leads to loss and ruin.

A fundamentalist will base all of his actions upon the fundamentals and then branch out from these to make discoveries. The branching out should never leave the principles of the fundamentals. If it does, one will fail to perceive and understand their failures and errors. The error of human culture is to ignore the fundamentals in the name of progressive-ism. They claim that they are progressive in thought by ignoring some or all of the fundamentals. Discernment is necessary to know the difference between fundamentals and “progressive” departures. Some throw off the rules of God and call it good. This appears to be the foundation of a group called “unfundamentalism”. They throw out the logic of God and claim to be logical,  modern, and intellectual. There is no advancement by overthrowing fundamentalist principles. There is only loss and eventual suffering.

#fundamentals #fundamentalist #unfundamentalism #loss #suffering #logic #learning #logic #God #ignorance

Slow Bellies

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One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.  –  Titus 1:12

One who is slow is characterized as being inactive, that is, unemployed; (by implication) lazy, useless.

The word for belly uses the definition word of gormand which is one who is a greedy or ravenous eater; a glutton. Using the word matrix, it speaks of an extended belly of size such as the womb. It comes from the Greek word gaster from which we might get the word gastric or belly.

While one being characterized such in this may not be visually in such a shape, it must be concluded that their actions and demonstration of duty can easily be so. Here it is implied that service to Christ is more demanding than heeding Jewish fables and following the commandments of men. (vs 14) But a slow belly would rather be gluttonous towards heeding Jewish fables and commandments of men rather than that of God.

#slow #bellies #Christ #fables #commandments #God #glutton

Who Subvert Whole Houses

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Titus 1:11 “. . . who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”

Subversion is not a kindly word. It should not be. When persons come into a house and plants revolution against the Word of God and the will of God and do so for shameful financial gain to boot, this is bad. When this happens, it likely will be the result of an appeal to instill a return to carnal and lustful ways. Such appeal is likely to be aimed at a person who is not filled with the Holy Spirit and is susceptible to carnal inclinations.  It could affect others who might be inclined to listen to Godly ways but are not saved. The net result is similar to the parable of the seed [of the Gospel] being planted but is plucked up by the birds and taken away.

When false teaching is entered into, and then the source of income results from such deviation, it is called filthy lucre. Such gain is shameful. It is base. All this comes from currying favor based upon the lives of others who are being taken advantage of and whose lives are hurt because they were encouraged to overthrow the pure instructions of Scriptures.

#subversion #Word #God #revolution #shameful #lucre #saved #Gospel #parable #Scriptures

By Sound Doctrine

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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.

#doctrine #sound #health #God #measure #Creator

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

#right #rectitude #truth #character #God

Just

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

Christian leadership requires a man to be “just.” One who is just is equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy. This includes being right (as self evident). He embraces justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution.) This is something which shows and is not hidden. – Strongs   The standard of measure is the will of God.

If he is equitable, he is equal in regard to the rights of persons. He will distribute equal justice; giving each his due; impartial.

To be right, “one is just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.” – Webster

#just #equitable #innocent #holy #justice #truth #God #right