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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“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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“…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?