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The Grace of God . . . Teaching us . . . We should live righteously!

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 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,..

A righteous life is concerned that they treat others in an equitable manner; justly; impartially.

It implies that their actions are innocent and holy in manner.

One is concerned with what is self evidently right. They apply justice in principle and in their decisions and in the execution of such.

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Aged Women be – Teachers of Good Things

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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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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

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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

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How Do We Get To Wisdom?

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.

When We Need Advice

When we need advice, where should we turn for this advice?

The first place is the Scriptures. Because the Scriptures have been given to us by the Almighty, Eternal, Omniscient Creator. It is always relevant, always true and unchanging. Sometimes we get the wrong notion that the Bible is old and therefore outdated, old fashioned, and lacking in usefulness in our day. But the truths of our eternal God never grow out of fashion nor usefulness because they manifest His character.

A second place to go to obtain advice might be our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we consider advice from them, we need to be sure that they hold to the ultimate standard in giving advice. This means that they are well studied in the Scriptures. The advice they give needs to come out of the scriptures as it is literally understood. Their advice cannot contradict Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) The foundation of faith is the evidence of the sure Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

It is always wrong to try to found righteous decisions upon the advice of the atheist, the heathen, the idolater, or any unbeliever. These sources or persons do not have knowledge concerning right things to do. In fact they technically have no knowledge at all. (Proverbs 1:7;  Proverbs 2:1-9) All they can share with you are observations and experiences. But because they fear not God they cannot put form or shape to these observations and experiences. One necessary form is that of righteousness. Another is perspective. They do not know right paths and are ever stumbling in the darkness of sin.

For a Christian to give advice which is questionable, or contrary to direct statements of Scripture is also a grievous thing. (1John 2:10)  A spiritual person should be able to discern between the spirits and to know when others might be leading them the wrong way. (1 John 4:1) The big question to ask is would God make this same decision? If not, then we ought not make that decision either. One of the most common errors today is to imply that something is right because other “Christians” do it. All this needs to be measured and quantified by what the Scriptures actually say and teach. Yes Paul the apostle called disciples to be “followers of me.” But the condition is “even as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1)  But be aware that “for many walk…are the enemies of the cross of Christ:) (Philippians 3:17-18)

So the call is to be perfect minded in Christ Jesus. Make right decisions. Make those decisions because they agree with Christ. Do not fall from the place of blessing. Know your decision is correct because you fear God above all else.

Making Spiritual Preparations for the Fall College Semester

Making Spiritual Preparations for the Fall College Semester

It won’t be what you expect.

While you were in High School or even in your local community college but living at home, you lived in a protected spiritual environment. Being at home, you had a support group who encouraged you in your beliefs.

Loss of your support group

When you come to a college where you will be living in a totally strange community, your support group is now gone. You will be able to develop such a support group only with great difficulty. Some never enjoy that same degree of  luxury the rest of their lives.

Core Belief Foundations

Now you will have to depend upon your core beliefs. Hopefully you have already established them. You should have gotten them firmly in place by the time you were 12 or 13.  Then the teen years should have been the time to apply these beliefs to the challenges of life. You have to know that your faith system is unshakably secure.

It Can’t Be your Parents Beliefs

Your belief system must be made up of those things worthy to die for. These are things which you will not compromise no matter what it costs. If your room mate suggests things which go against your core beliefs, you will not budge. Right is right and wrong is wrong. You know what you believe and you know why. You know that real truth can never be compromised. You know your belief system comes from God your Creator and He never changes. He is the source of all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. He who contradicts God is acting foolishly. And you do not want to walk the walk of a fool.

Your Beliefs WILL be Challenged

From the minute you walk onto your new campus, your beliefs will be attacked. They will be attacked subtly and sometimes openly. They will be attack beginning your first day of college orientation. It is likely psychologists will tell you that all beliefs you came to college with are childish things. College is the place to put away childish things. They may say that it is a time to grow up and think for yourself. They will tell you that you will set aside many of your superstitions. You will rework and reestablish belief systems and become and adult. They will do everything in their resources to take away from you your belief system and substitute it with their belief system. If you do not KNOW that your beliefs are right, you will be shaken to the very core of your foundation.

Why should the truth set one to falling?

Why should the truth set one to falling? Because truth is defined in eternity to be Jesus, the Creator God. Those who appose Him also appose all that is right, just, verity, and knowledge itself. All this came from Him.

Notice in the verses below, the nature and character of our God. Verse 4 defines his nature. Notice he is both truth and a rock. When one denies truth, their obstacle is the rock. And people wonder why truth should set one falling?

Deu 32:1  Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Deu 32:3  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
Deu 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Deu 32:5  They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Here is definition of the ways of God, perfection (the flawlessness of the LORD). He is again identified as a rock. In Psalm 18:46 below, the term rock is tied to salvation. The rock can then be that over which one falls or that which is a protection.

2Sa 22:31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
2Sa 22:32  For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

And David, later king of Israel said, “Psa 18:46  The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Below is the commentary that people try to enter into the salvation by the “works of the law”. But the Scriptures say one must come by faith. Righteousness is attained by receiving the righteousness extended by the Savior, Jesus Christ. One must go to him – seeking, asking. Jesus extends to the earnest soul that payment of debt for sin which he cannot earn or pay off out of his own strength.

Rom 9:29  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
Rom 9:30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Rom 9:31  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Rom 9:32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;
Rom 9:33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

So the stone which may be the instrument of the fall of some, is also the stone by which one may find solace. He is the one who will either be turned to or he will be the one over whom one will stumble and find their shame and hurt. The end result for the unbelieving, the disobedient is below in Isa 8:15.

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Isa 8:13  Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Isa 8:14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Isa 8:15  And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.