Showing posts with label grace. Show all posts
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17 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 6

Titus 2:11 God Wants All to Be Saved

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Titus 2:12-15 Preach Godliness


God Wants All to Be Saved

11 For the saving grace of God has appeared to all people,

Preach Godliness

12 Teaching us that by refusing ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live in this present world with self-restraint, righteously, and pleasingly to God.
13 Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
14 Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all lawlessness and purify for himself a special people, zealous for good works.
15 Talk about these things, prod and admonish [them] with full authority. Don’t let anyone despise you.

Notes
B1 God’s grace
C1 Is the grace given by God and only by God. It is not earned, deserved, or even sought after by any human. It is God’s strength to do what we can not do on our own. It is a good that God gives to help us, bless us, comfort us, and promise us. It is receiving what we do not deserve.
C2 The word means everything from loveliness, gratitude, favor, good-will, and many other words. In general, it means things that are very good and pleasant.
C3 The is no salvation unless God initiates salvation.
C4 God’s grace
D1 Has appeared to all people
E1 The Greek word appear is ἐπιφαίνω epiphaínō. It means a light shining on something to clearly reveal it. It makes it obvious. It is used 3 other times in the New Testament.[Emphasis is mine]
F1 Luke 1:79 NIV to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
F2 Acts 27:20 NIV When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
F3 Titus 3:4 NIV But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
E2 This is one of the Scriptures plainly showing unlimited atonement. If anyone needs to know what Arminians really believe, this article will help: The FACTS of Salvation: A Summary of Arminian Theology/the Biblical Doctrines of Grace. David L. Allen on unlimited atonement writes:
The key passages asserting unlimited atonement include Isa 53:6; Mark 10:45; John 1:29, 3:14–16; Rom 5:18–19; 1 Cor 15:3–11; 2 Cor 5:14–21; 1 Tim 2:4–6, 4:10; Titus 2:11–14; Heb 2:9, 9:28; 2 Pet 2:1; and 1 John 2:1–2.

There are other texts that implicitly affirm unlimited atonement: Luke 22:20–23; John 17:21,23; Acts 3:26, 10:34; Rom 1:16, 2:11, 3:21–26, 5:15, 11:32, 14:15; 1 Cor 8:11–12; 2 Pet 3:9; Jude 4; and Rev 22:17.
D2 Has taught us to refuse ungodliness and worldly lusts
E1 We need God’s grace to help us identify it, recognize it, and resist it.
E2 2 Corinthians 1:12 NLT We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God's grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.
D3 Has taught us to live in this present world with self-restraint, righteously, and pleasingly to God
E1 There is a Christian life to live.
E2 We are required to live this life. Colossians 3:5 NLT So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. (The whole passage in Colossians 3:1-17 is instructive).
C5 We are to look forward and be alert for
D1 The return of Jesus Christ which is our hope
D2 This return is in glory, Jesus coming in the glory of God. He is God the Son.
D3 The deity of Jesus is described here. He is identified as the Great God and Savior
C6 Out savior
D1 Gave Himself for us
D2 Redeemed us from lawlessness
E1 If He redeemed us from lawlessness, then it makes good sense for us to be lawful.
E2 The law Christians follow is the New Testament. There are ~1,000 rules for us. The passage in Colossians gave some.
D3 Purify a special people who are zealous to do good works
E1 Doing good works are important.
E2 These are deeds to help the brothers and sisters but also in presenting the Gospel to unbelievers.
E3 Basically, we help our family first, then our congregational family, then the greater congregation of believers throughout the world, and finally the lost as a witness.
B2 The pastor/teacher and church leaders, yes, all believers are to talk about these things and be urged on in the faith.
B3 Titus is encouraged not to let those who despise him affect his teaching and preaching.
B4 From a devotional: Anne Cetas writes (The full devotional is here scroll down, a long way down).
We leave fingerprints on doorknobs, on books, on walls, on keyboards. Each person’s fingerprints are unique, so we leave our identity on everything we touch. Some supermarkets are even testing a technology that allows customers to pay by fingerprint. Each customer’s unique print and bank account number are kept on file so that the only thing needed to pay a bill is a scan of their finger.

A woman in the early church left another kind of print—a “heartprint.” Dorcas touched many people’s lives through her unique gift of sewing and giving away garments. She’s described as “full of good works and charitable deeds” (Acts 9:36). We too are to be “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). We each have a unique heartprint that can touch another.

12 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Titus 1:1-4

Outline

B1 Chapter 1
C1 Titus 1:1-4 Salutation
C2 Titus 1:5-9 Church leaders
C3 Titus 1:10-16 Rebuke

B2 Chapter 2
C1 Titus 2:1-2 Older Men
C2 Titus 2:3-5 Older Women
C3 Titus 2:6-8 Young Men
C4 Titus 2:9-10 Slaves and Masters
C5 Titus 2:11 God Wants All to Be Saved
C6 Titus 2:12-15 Preach Godliness

B3 Chapter 3
C1 Titus 3:1-2 Dealing with non-Christians
C2 Titus 3:3-8 What We Were, and How God Changed Us
C3 Titus 3:9-11 Avoid
C4 Titus 3:12-15 Final Greetings

Chapter 1

Titus 1:1-4 Salutation

1 Paul a servant of God and apostle of Jesus Christ according to the faith of God’s chosen and full knowledge of that truth, which is according to godliness,
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began.
3 At the right time, he made his word unmistakably clear through preaching which was entrusted to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.
4 To Titus, my true son in the common faith, may grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Notes
B1 Verse 1
C1 Servant and apostle
D1 Paul is a voluntary servant. He is not the slave of a harsh owner.
D2 God’s style of leadership (He is King of the Universe) is that He prefers voluntary service and obedience rather than coerced service.
D3 Paul’s commission from God is apostleship. God delegates. God is not a micromanager decreeing everything exhaustively and rendering it certain.
D4 God’s offices that He commissions: 1 Corinthians 12:28 NLT Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.
D5 The purpose of these offices is to assist and increase the church in knowledge (includes apologetics), faith, living the Christian life, teaching the Christian worldview, answering questions, healing the hurts (as much as possible) of the believers, etc. Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
D6 Every believer has a spiritual gift from God to serve each other. Hopefully we are exercising that gift, and not claiming, “It’s the pastor’s job.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 WEL Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 There are different results, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 This observable ministry of the Spirit is given to everyone for the benefit [of all].
D5 An apostle
E1 Qualifications: Acts 1:21-22 CSB Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us—beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us—from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of his resurrection.
E2 Paul had not accompanied Jesus but has seen the resurrected Christ on the Damascus road.
F1 1 Corinthians 9:1 NKJV Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
F2 1 Corinthians 15:8 NKJV Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
F3 Acts 9:3, 5 NKJV As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. ... And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
C2 Faith of God’s chosen
D1 Faith refers to the body of Christian belief (Gospel, doctrine, and life).
D2 God’s chosen may refer to either Jesus Christ or all believers. Jesus is the teacher of the faith continued on through the work of the Holy Spirit.
E1 Refers to Jesus as in 1 Peter 2:6 NIV For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
E2 Refers to all believers as in Colossians 3:12-13 WEL Therefore put on—as the chosen of God, holy and dearly loved—a heart of compassion, kindness, a humble attitude, caring gentleness, longsuffering, 13 Putting up with one another and forgiving one another. If anyone has a quarrel against any other, then even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
C3 Full knowledge would be complete knowledge. It is the responsibility of the leaders to teach the people the complete faith. It is the responsibility of the believers to read and study their New Testament to learn the faith. Biblical illiteracy is much too high.
C4 Godliness, that is, God’s standard.
B2 Verse 2
C1 Hope. Faith is believing God. Hope is the expectant waiting for what is promised.
D1 Paul had faith, that is, he believed God’s promise of eternal life.
D2 Paul had hope, that is, he has not yet experienced it but is confident it will happen.
D3 Faith is believing God: Hebrews 11:1 CSB Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
D4 Hope is the confidence of what we believe: 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
C2 God cannot lie.
D1 Truth is the core character trait of God. Because of this we know God’s love is true love, God’s compassion is true compassion, God’s warning are true warnings, God’s offer of salvation is a true offer, God’s promises are true promises, and what God says (Scripture) is truth. It is not flattery, manipulation, deceiving, etc. God’s being, God’s thoughts, God’s words, God’s rules, God’s kingship, God’s character traits, God’s lifestyle, God’s decisions are all truth done in wisdom, love, and holiness.
D2 Psalm 12:6 NET The LORD's words are absolutely reliable. They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground, where it is thoroughly refined.
D3 James 1:17 GW Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn't change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon.
D4 Compare those who did not (refuse to believe). They understood but did not believe.
E1 Psalm 106:24 NET They rejected the fruitful land; they did not believe his promise.
E2 Matthew 21:32 NET For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.
E3 Jude 1:5 NET Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe.
C1 Promised before world began
D1 All was planned by God’s before creating.
D2 1 Corinthians 2:7 NLT No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of Godhis plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.
B2 Verse 3
D1 Messiah dying for our sins. Salvation as a gift in meeting God’s conditions. Faith, not works, for salvation. All was hidden and mysterious until Jesus came and preached.
E1 Romans 16:25 NASB Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,
E2 Ephesians 6:19 CSB Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.
B3 Verse 4
C1 Grace is God’s gift of strength to do His will.
C2 Mercy is God’s gift of not giving us what we really deserve, because of the ministry of His Son, the Lord Jesus.
C3 Faith is believing God.

16 January 2019

Ephesians 6:21-24

A1 Scripture
B1 Ephesians 6:21-24 NKJV  But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you;  (22) whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. (23) Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (24) Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
B2 Ephesians 6:21-24 GNB  Tychicus, our dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord's work, will give you all the news about me, so that you may know how I am getting along.  (22) That is why I am sending him to you—-to tell you how all of us are getting along and to encourage you. (23) May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give to all Christians peace and love with faith.  (24) May God's grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying love.

A2 Outline
B1 Sharing with the brethren
C1 Sent by Tychicus
D1 Beloved brother
D2 Faithful minister in the Lord
C2 Purpose
D1 How we are getting along
D2 To comfort your heart (encourage you)
B2 Ending/blessing
C1 From
D1 God the Father
D2 The Lord Jesus Christ
C2 To give from them to you
D1 Peace to the brethren
D2 Love with faith
B3 Prayer: Grace be with all you love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity

A3 Notes
B1 Sharing information
C1 Nice to update
C2 Gives information for the brethren to know how to pray.
C3 To ensure accountability.
B2 Tychicus
C1 With Paul on third missionary journey. Acts 20:4 NKJV  And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia—also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
C2 Took letter from Paul to Colossians. Colossians 4:7-8 NKJV  Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.  (8) I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts.
C3 Also went to Ephesus. 2 Timothy 4:12 NKJV  And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
C4 According to tradition, he was Bishop of Chalcedon.
C5 Characteristics
D1 Beloved brother
E1 Same objectives
E2 Same goals
E3 Same motivations
E4 Same Lord
E5 Same salvation
E6 Same forgiveness
E7 Same grace from God
D2 Faithful minister in the Lord
E1 To Lord
E2 To church
E3 To Scriptures
F1 To read
G1 In plain, normal sense
G2 As God's word
G3 Only source of 100% truth
G4 As completely sufficient
F2 To study
F3 To believe
F4 To teach
E4 To Doctrine
E5 To Christian life
E6 To study
E7 To preach
E8 Delivers the same message that he received
C6 Sent by Paul to
D1 Give update information to church
D2 Comfort their worrying hearts
B3 Paul's prayer. Three things
C1 Peace
D1 Not world peace, though that would be nice. Social justice may be nice, but the heart needs to be changed. When God gives a new heart, we treat everyone the way God wants us to (or at least we should).
D2 Is to the brethren. This is both sisters and brothers. It is a general term for those who have placed their faith and trust into Jesus Christ.
D3 Defined
E1 Rest and calm
E2 Words
F1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
G1 Shalom
H1 Health and prosperity
H2 Safety
H3 Friendship
G2 The verbs and adjectives are from the same root word
F2 New Testament (Greek)
G1 Eirene
H1 Quietness, rest and contentment.
H2 From war and unrest
H3 With individuals
H4 With God
G2 The verbs and adjectives are from the same root word
E2 God is the author of peace
F1 Isaiah 9:6 NKJV  "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." As the old saying, "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace."
F2 There is no peace for the wicked (rebels).
G1 Isaiah 57:21 NKJV  There is no peace," Says my God, "for the wicked.
G2 Romans 3:17 UKJV  And the way of peace have they not known.
C2 Love
D1 A choice, a choosing something to be special.
D2 Words
E1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
F1 Ahabah. A general term for love of various types of love as in English.
F2 God’s love to His people. Husband to wife. Friend to friend. Sexual.
E2 New Testament (Greek)
F1 Agape (the word used here)
G1 A choosing of something/one special
G2 Romans 5:8 NKJV  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
G3 Romans 8:35 NKJV  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
F2 Phileo
G1 The feeling of friendship
G2 With the idea of loyalty and seeking the best interests of another
G3 Being fond, really liking something/one as fond of ice cream.
G4 Matthew 6:5 NKJV  And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
G5 John 5:20 NKJV  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
F3 Eros
G1 Physical love
G2 Not used in the New Testament
F4 Storge
G1 Not used in the Bible.
G2 It is the love of parent for child that is more and higher than for the children of others.
G3 Astorgos is used. It is translated "without natural affection."
G4 2 Timothy 3:3 GW  And lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.
G5 Romans 1:31 KJV  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.
D3 Love with faith
E1 Two nouns. It is not love (something/someone) with faith. It is love along with faith. Two nouns.
E2 Love is a blessing. It is good. It is of God. This love in this passage is for the Christian fellowship of all believers.
E3 But not only love, but love with faith. The same faith in Jesus Christ, His words, His goals, His rules, His way of life. All the Christians in love and in faith.
E4 With is not the word sun, it is meta. Meta means with as in accompanying. Faith is accompanying love. They are together. As one writes, "love goes with faith."
C3 Grace
D1 Receiving what we do NOT deserve.
D2 Words
E1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
F1 Khane
F2 Same idea as in the New Testament
F3 Proverbs 3:34 NKJV  Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
E2 New Testament (Greek)
F1 charis Favorable actions, kindness, even in the sense of a unasked for, undeserved gift.
F2 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 GNB  For I am the least of all the apostles—-I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God's church.  (10) But by God's grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect. On the contrary, I have worked harder than any of the other apostles, although it was not really my own doing, but God's grace working with me.
B4 Parting words/blessing
C1 To those who love (agape) our Lord Jesus Christ
D1 Not necessarily an emotion as in boyfriend/girlfriend love
D2 John 14:15 GNB If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
E1 Keep is used as in keep the speed limit, that is, obey the speed limit. If it is 55 mph, then one doesn't drive as 85 mph.
E2 Commandments as outlined in the New Testament
C2 In sincerity
D1 Sincerity is the opposite of being a hypocrite, liar, false, having a facade, or fake.
D2 The Greek word is aphtharsia.
E1 Genuine, incorruptible
E2 1 Corinthians 15:42 NKJV So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption." Compare:
F1 Matthew 22:37 NRSV  He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
F2 2 Corinthians 8:8 NRSV  I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.
F3 Titus 2:7-8 NRSV  Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,  (8) and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
A4 Applications
B1 Love God
B2 Love the brothers and sisters
B3 Have faith
B4 Be faithful
B5 Be encouraged