Young Men – In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works
– Titus 2:6-7
In all things: All, any every, the whole – This is not a part time exhortation. Young men are to be this way in everything which he does. This is to be an illustration of perpetual habit.
shewing: This manner of life you must hold near to you. It is what you present. It is the only thing you can afford to do. This is your exhibit of Godliness. You have your life so that it furnishes forth the inner Godliness and your possession of eternal life.
The purpose of “shewing thyself a pattern” is that what you have might be copied into the life of someone else. They do not have what God offers. They need it. They can only learn of it if there is a pattern placed before them. It is your good works which will attract their attention.
Good works: The works of the world are different than that of the believers. It is the nature of goodness which they do not have knowledge of and neither can they do them. They do not know the God of goodness and therefore cannot know His ways. This is why diligent Bible reading and study is very necessary. But the believer, when he has met, believed in, and is accepted into the household of God; he then learns about and does good with great desire.
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“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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“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;” Titus 2:3
Aged women are experience women. They have gone through the challenges and difficulties of family and living. Hopefully all is learned from the Scriptures. Some learned from others. Others learned through difficult experiences. Each who have learned holy behaviour need to teach for the benefit of others.
This whole instructional phrase comes out of one Greek compound word. She is to be a “teacher of right.” The word for right (kalos) properly implies that which is beautiful. The chief implication is that which is good. It implies that which is valuable or virtuous, particularly that related to appearance or use.
It is not enough to know what should be done, or even to practice it. The aged woman must also teach good. The concept of teach here means the process enables others to be able to learn.
This aspect of church and community interaction is largely lacking today. There seems to be a mind thought that learning ends with formal schooling. (Formal outside the home schooling is a modern happening. The results are not heartening.) This passage implies that teaching and learning continues throughout a life time. The teaching comes from the comparative aged one and the learning takes place in the life of the comparatively younger inexperienced one.
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Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
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.