“Young men . . . In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, ” – Titus 2:6-7
It is the young man who is able to do the work of the world. it is the young man who is active. Because the Bible tells the young man to the pattern of good works, every action that he makes is a teaching opportunity among others. The word “doctrine” describes this teaching process. The word doctrine means “instruction”. Young men often do not consider themselves being ones who give out significant instruction. But they are the ones whom God expects to teach the standard. In many locations, they are the only ones available.
According to Webster’s dictionary, instruction is “The act of teaching or informing the understanding in that which was before ignorant.”This is the illustration of the difference between a young man and the child. The young men become instructors in their own right as they enter into manhood.
UNCORRUPTNESS: This word indicates something which is incorruptible. It is something which is not rotted thoroughly. It does not display ruin and decay, it is not perverted. This word displays purity. Purity is freedom from foreign admixture or homogeneous matter: as the purity of water. Cleanness: freedom from foulness or dirt: as the purity of a garment. Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin: innocence: as purity of heart or life. – Webster’s dictionary.
The word here used does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. It means, here, the same as purity – that which is not erroneous, and which does not tend to corrupt or vitiate the morals of others, or to endanger their salvation. Everything in his teaching was to be such as to make men purer and better. – Barnes Notes
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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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“…God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,..” 2 Timothy 1:8-9
- It is God who saves us, not we ourselves.
- We are called with purpose and according to a standard – a holy calling.
- We do not set the standard and our own works have no qualifying value in making us worthy before God.
- God does things according to His purpose and so should we be concerned with doing things according to His purpose.
- We do not deserve any placing or position or status because of who we are. All that we obtain is by reason of unmerited favor which we receive from God and should be appreciated from this point of view and provision with great thankfulness.
- The plan for this is not a response to who we are, what we do, or how we think. It was developed and put in place before the world began. So we ought not the think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.
The big question is are we respectful, appreciative, and responsive to the sovereignty of God or are we in rebellion?