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Aged Women Be – In Behaviour as Becometh Holiness

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The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,”  –  Titus 2:3

Behaviour speaks of one’s conduct of self.  What manners are being expressed? How do they carry themselves? This may deal wih propriety, morals, and deportment. This is expression of external appearance or action. It relates to common duties of life. It may express correct or good manners.

In this case behaviour is to express holiness. Holiness assumes purity in reverence. Reverence is fear mingled with respect and esteem. That fear acceptable to God is a filial fear, an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections. This should produce in us an inclination to his service and an unwillingness to offend Him.

Likewise we should feel reverence for a parent, for an upright magistrate, but merely stand in awe of a tyrant. This distinction between fear and awe may not always be observed. Filial fear differs from awe, which is an emotion compounded of fear, dread or terror, with admiration of something great.  But filial fear necessarily also implies love or affection.

The consequence of filial fear results in desiring to live a holy form of life out of love and affection for the person and character of a Holy God.

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Gainsayer Characteristics – Unruly

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“. . . the gainsayers.
 For there are many unruly . . .”
–  Titus 1:10

Characteristics which fail the test of leadership.

The gainsayer is one who is inclined to dispute or refuse the doctrine of truth which is in Jesus Christ. What does it mean that he is unruly?

One who is unruly is unsubdued. He is insubordinate (in fact or temper). Why the description “unsubdued”? People fail to understand that before salvation one is in the slave market of sin. In salvation you are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross to save them from the penalty of sin, to be Sons of God and to live free from sin’s penalty. But the unruly cares not for the Saviour and will not be holy but “reverts” or purposes to remain in the desperate and wicked ways of the world.

The unruly will not be ruled by the pure ways and provisions of a Holy God. He will not learn the doctrine or ways of God. Instead, he is insubordinate in his ways, both to fact (the knowledge of God) and in temper (to moderate or to mix a new life in Christ with holiness).

Insubordinate? Too many people think that if they are in leadership that they are the ultimate authority. All authority comes from God. So failure to be in subjection to His power is to be unruly.

Webster says – Disregarding restraint; licentious; disposed to violate laws; turbulent; ungovernable; as an unruly youth.

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The Steward of God

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“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God;”  – Titus 1:7

This is an important standard for Christian Leadership. A steward is an overseer of something. In this case it is the church. He is the physical agent of its treasure, born again believers assembled. He is the manager of the affairs of the church. In this case he is the one who oversees the family of God with regard to what is available to eat and that they receive sufficient for their health. In this case he helps manage that they eat and what they eat regarding the Word of God. It is the Word of God which is to be their nourishment. For this reason his activity of stewardship is related to his duty of preaching the the gospel.

If one is a steward over a farm, he is responsible that the animals do not wander away and get into danger. He is to manage watchful care over their health and well being. If he is a steward of a house, he is responsible for its management and upkeep.

Blameless is also defined here by the word “as.” This is a comparative term which brings the bar of quality to the level of holiness. God is the standard and also clearly implied as being the employer. God is the one to whom responsibility is required. The standard is absolute. The level and manner of accountability is specific. Any activity of stewardship is supervised by God.

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To Be Holy, What Must One Do? What law do we keep?

 

This is a question which was viewed on Facebook.

This question references 1 Peter 1: 15-16 which says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

The question asked was,  “How do we know how to be “holy”? And a second question arose, “Does it sound very optional here? What is the purpose of holiness?”

A partial answer was given suggesting that the answer circled about the issue of “sanctification (and how to please Him in our daily walk, because we love Him). Now there seem to be some who imply that “folks celebrating the festivals, sabbaths, dietary laws,” circumcision, etc., etc… are somehow pleasing Christ by such works. It is plain in Galatians 4:9-10; 5:1-4 that this is not the correct action for righteousness, and certainly not for salvation.  (Circumcision is seen to be that which obliges one to fulfill the whole law of Israel.  Circumcision  is seen to be a sign indicating inclusion as an Israelite.). Galatians 5:1 suggests that the law of Israel is a yoke of bondage from which the believer is freed. Such action does not justify anyone. Galatians 2:16 says that a man is not justified by the works of the law. In Galatians 2:19 it says, “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.”

How is one to exercise righteousness?

1 Peter 1:22 suggests holiness comes through, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:… ” This verse indicates that obedience comes through the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit which indwells all believers since the day of Pentecost in connection with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit indwelling happens to all believers. This was not so before this time. This is one of the things which separates believers from all that happened before. This is also spoken of in Galatians 3:2-3 where it says, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” This speaks that the matter of attaining holiness does not come by efforts of the flesh in keeping this or that ordinance. Galatians 3:5 says, “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” The implied answer is by the hearing of faith.

Believers also receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:5-6 “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”  This is a second significant difference between believers and Israel. Without this status, God does not send forth the Spirit of his Son. Without the Spirit there is no holiness.

The works which qualify one to be holy are listed in the rest of the book.

1 Peter 2:2 indicates that once one becomes a Christian by new birth, he is to grow by taking nourishment of the Word of God. 1 Peter 2:5 says that they are to be “as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” This speaks of holy living. Beginning in verse 11 to the end of the book, discussion lists the things a holy one does. None of these listed things have to do with dietary laws, physical sacrifice, the keeping of days, times, or seasons. This list is not one by which any who is of faith would be approved by any Israelite priest, Pharisee, Sadducee, or any other official of the Temple. Such officials would be offended by such list. Galatians 2:16 says that one is not justified by the works of the law. The definition of the word justified, using Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, tells us the roots of the word justified come from words like holy and right. The context implies that with salvation holiness begins. Following salvation, appropriate good works maintain holiness. By this we can be as 1 Peter commands us to be.

Believers are not asked to follow the law of Moses. They are asked to follow the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). The law of Christ is the basis of holiness. Gal 5:14 says, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Gal 5:18  (cross reference 1 Peter 1:22) “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” (The law of Moses) The rest of the chapter discusses how we are to follow the law of Christ.

Tis the season to show envy?

Christmas is the season when envy rears its ugly head.

As jealousy, people look at each other. Some family members or friends can do things we cannot do. Because their gifts and talents may be expressive and put them in the public eye more than ours, we can be grieved by their fame or success. Such grief can lead to hatred or desires that they be knocked down. We may use hateful words or actions to accomplish this ourselves. This is wrong.

If we see that others who are sinners seem to be elevated because of their ways, we may be envious of them. Any profit they may seem to gain will eventually work to their fall, even their being cut off. What they seem to have really is not worthy of being envious.

Those who are of a sound heart will find holiness is the focus of their life. Holiness is reflected in a heart. That heart will be serene, mild, unruffled by what goes on about them. There will be a peace of mind within them because they “fear the LORD all the day long.” The focus of their life is upon the LORD. They have not time to allow the activities of sinners or others to capture their longing attention.

Keeping yourself pure

Free time can be an enemy of college students. In many states, schools have been closed for weather reasons. Therefore students, Christian students and everyone, need to follow the advice below.

1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1Th 4:4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
1Th 4:5  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
1Th 4:6  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
1Th 4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1Th 4:8  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.