23 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 10

Titus 3:12-15 Final Greetings


Final Greetings

12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have determined to winter there.
13 Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos in any way you can, so that they are lacking nothing.
14 Also, let ours learn to keep up good works for essential needs, so that they won’t be unfruitful.
15 All that are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Notes
B1 Paul doesn’t mind asking for assistance. Asking God for assistance is the first thing we do, but asking help from fellow believers is good and right.
C1 Acts 18:27 NIV When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
C2 It is fellowship.
D1 God desires fellowship: 1 John 1:3 NLT We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
D2 United into one family: 1 Corinthians 10:16-18 NLT When we bless the cup at the Lord's Table, aren't we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren't we sharing in the body of Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body. 18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren't they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?
D3 The whole church: Philippians 4:14-15 NLT Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.
D4 In suffering: Hebrews 10:33-34 NLT Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
D5 In hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9 NLT Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
D6 In prison: Colossians 4:10 NLT Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas's cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way.
D7 Financially: 1 Timothy 6:17-18 NLT Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
D8 Brothers and sisters in the congregation: 1 Corinthians 14:26 NLT Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
D9 Help when tempted, in sin, and/or other burdens (spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, etc.): Galatians 6:1-2 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
D10 We need each other: Romans 1:12 NLT When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
D11 Our brother or sister should be a very high concern:
E1 1 Corinthians 10:24 NLT Don't be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
E2 Philippians 2:1-4 CSB If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
D12 Praying for one another. Many, many of our brothers and sisters are suffering in every area of the world. Come, Lord Jesus: James 5:14-16 CSB Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
B2 Verse 13 is to help our brothers and sisters in any ministry they have:
C1 Acts 18:27 CSB When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers and sisters wrote to the disciples to welcome him. After he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
C2 Romans 16:1-2 WEL I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea, 2 So you may welcome her in the Lord in a worthy manner as saints and assist her in whatever matter she has need of you, for she has been a helper to many including me.
B3 Verse 14 Encourages us to not quit doing good works to honor God.
C1 Matthew 5:16 CSB In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
C2 Praying for each other that God will encourage and strengthen us to do them: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 CSB May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
C3 God’s grace enables, provides, and strengthens us: 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
C4 We do these because we love our God and our brothers and sisters: Hebrews 6:9-10 CSB Even though we are speaking this way, dearly loved friends, in your case we are confident of things that are better and that pertain to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by continuing to serve them.
B4 Verse 15 deals with greeting one another and encouraging in the faith.
C1 When we meet in a foreign place or a familiar place, let us greet one another and assist as needed.
C2 In the faith is the Gospel, doctrine, and life God wishes for us to be consistent. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 CSB Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

22 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 9

Titus 3:9-11 Avoid


Some Things To Avoid

9 Avoid foolish questions, genealogies, big arguments and battles over the law, for they are not beneficial and useless.
10 Reject a heretic—after the first and second warning—
11 Knowing that such a person is twisted and sins, being self-condemned.

Notes
B1 Actions to avoid
C1 The actions
D1 Foolish questions
E1 Some cross references
F1 2 Timothy 2:23 WEL Avoid foolish and stupid questions, knowing that they breed hostilities.
G1 The Greek word for foolish is μωρός mōrós. It means imprudent, without forethought or wisdom, useless, impious, godless.
G2 The Greek word for stupid (unlearned KJV) is ἀπαίδευτος apaídeutos. It means questions that are without instruction, and disciple, uneducated, ignorant, rude.
G3 To avoid means to decline to answer.
G4 Some examples:
H1 Who is 666? Whose name can be reduced to these numbers?
H2 Could Jesus have sinned? A brief answer would suffice, but to prolong an answer to this or get in an argument over it, would be foolish.
F2 1 Timothy 4:7 CSB But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness.
F3 1 Timothy 6:4 CSB he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions,
F4 Dealing with foolish questions
G1 Proverbs 26:4-5 NLT Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. 5 Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
H1 A strange pair of verses. Are we to answer or not?
H2 My opinion is that there are fools with different attitudes. Some you can discuss and deal with questions. Others you cannot, for they become angry or abusive. We need to answer the former and decline to answer the latter.
H3 We must state the truth. We must state truth calmly, not as an abusive bully.
H4 We are not to use the same method of argument as a foolish person.
G2 Listen. Really listen, so that we understand what the other person is saying.
H1 If they criticism me, just be quiet and don’t respond. Do not defend yourself. We may need to clarify what we believe, but to angrily argue to defend myself, is wrong.
H2 If they criticize God, we must tell them the truth.
H3 If they blaspheme, we must warn them that it is dangerous to do so.
G3 Christians are not to have blind faith; we have a reasonable faith. Thus, we need to study the Bible and know philosophical basics to have an answer to seekers or challengers.
D2 Genealogies.
E1 This mainly deals with Jewish genealogies, but certainly other groups place a great importance on their heritage.
E2 Titus 1:10-11 CSB For there are many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from the circumcision party. 11 It is necessary to silence them; they are ruining entire households by teaching what they shouldn't in order to get money dishonestly.
D3 Arguments
E1 How is this for arguing? Instead of corporate worship, they fight: Isaiah 58:4 NET Look, your fasting is accompanied by arguments, brawls, and fistfights. Do not fast as you do today, trying to make your voice heard in heaven.
E2 Hebrews 13:9 NET Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.
D4 About the Law. This deals with Judaizers who felt that Christians had to keep the Law or at least the feasts, etc. This was answered at the Jerusalem Council. See Acts 15.
C2 The reason
D1 God wants reconciliation not revenge, nevertheless He is just and will judge and sentence. Ezekiel 18:23 NET Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign LORD? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?
D2 2 Peter 3:9 NET The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
D3 We Christians want to reflect the character of God to enemies and friends. Arguing, issues about Mosaic law, genealogies, and/or foolish questions are not important. These things to not reflect God’s character. Often we see the Lord Jesus ignoring these questions.
E1 Matthew 26:62-64 CSB The high priest stood up and said to him, "Don't you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you? " 63 But Jesus kept silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God." 64 "You have said it," Jesus told him. "But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.
E2 Luke 23:8-9 NET When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some miraculous sign. 9 So Herod questioned him at considerable length; Jesus gave him no answer.
B2 People to avoid
C1 Heretic
D1 Christianity has a gospel, a set of beliefs, and a lifestyle (worldview).
D2 Many claim to be Christians but have non-biblical beliefs.
E1 Revelation 2:6 NET But you do have this going for you: You hate what the Nicolaitans practice - practices I also hate.
E2 Revelation 2:14 NET But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality.
E3 2 Timothy 2:17-18 NET and their message will spread its infection like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are in this group. 18 They have strayed from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people's faith.
E4 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NET For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.
D3 How to deal with what is false
E1 Remain calm: Colossians 4:6 CSB Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
E2 Pray for wisdom
E3 Know the truth
F1 Bible knowledge:
G1 Colossians 3:16 CSB Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
G2 2 Timothy 2:15 NET Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.
F2 Bible theology
F3 Answers to people’s questions. This is apologetics.
C2 Reason
D1 Twisted
E1 The Greek word is ἐκστρέφω ekstréphō. This has the idea of turning something inside out.
E2 Redefining words
E2 Explaining away the plain, normal sense.
E3 You can read more here and here.
D2 Sins
E1 The sin is mainly lying. Lying in the sense of misrepresenting what the text actually states.
E2 Proverbs 19:3 NLT People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

19 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 8

Titus 3:3-8 What We Were, and How God Changed Us


What We Were and How God Changed Us

3 We ourselves were also at one time foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various evil desires and pleasures, passing our time being spiteful, envious, obnoxious, and hating one another.
4 But as soon as the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared,
5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
6 Which he abundantly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 That having been justified by means of his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on them, so that those who believe in God might be conscientious to keep up good works. These things are right and beneficial to people.

Notes
B1 Before we believed the Gospel
C1 Sin is defined as
D1 Transgressing God’s law 1 John 3:4 NIV Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
D2 Unrighteousness 1 John 5:17 NIV All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
D3 Knowing what is right, but refusing to do: James 4:17 NIV If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.
D4 Anything not of faith (believing God): Romans 14:23 GNB But if they have doubts about what they eat, God condemns them when they eat it, because their action is not based on faith. And anything that is not based on faith is sin.
D5 Foolish plans as here: Proverbs 24:9 GNB Any scheme a fool thinks up is sinful. People hate a person who has nothing but scorn for others.
C2 Penalty and punishment are necessary
C3 All humans are addicted to sin. We are enslaved. John 8:34, Romans 6:12-20, Titus 3:3
C4 The characteristics of the human addicted to sin
D1 Pride
D2 The lie of believing ourselves to be good
D3 The lie that we can overcome sin on our own strength
D4 Blind and in darkness to truth and the reality of our condition
D5 The free will is hindered because of our addiction to sin
D6 We are addicted to what is pleasurable to us
D7 We do the opposite of the Ten Commandments
E1 We have other gods, namely ourselves
E2 We have idols of some type of material or imagination
E3 We blaspheme God’s character
E4 We don’t rest from anything to worship the creator, the King of the Universe (and beyond).
E5 We don’t honor our parents
E6 We commit sexual sins
E7 We steal
E8 We murder
E9 We lie
E10 We covet
D8 If we sin 10 times a day, then in one year, we break God’s law 3,650 times every year. Each sin will receive the death penalty. Some protest that it is not fair to suffer for eternity for committing one lie, but they forget or are ignorant that God, the King of the Universe, warns them that one sin will receive this penalty. James 2:10 NLT For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.
D9 The penalty (and God warns us) is death. Death is spiritual and physical. The spiritual death of the unconverted is spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical resulting in physical death and eventually eternal death of torment in fire.
E1 Genesis 2:17 CSB but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.
E2 We earn something for what we work for. The wages of sin in death. Romans 6:23 CSB For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
E3 Works count, but all have sinned. Punishment is eternal: Revelation 20:12, 14-15 CSB I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. ... 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
E4 Matthew 25:46 NLT And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.
D10 All these sins are done in thoughts, desires, words, and/or deeds. Matthew 5:28 NLT But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
D11 People have different levels of how evil they are. Some are more evil than others.
D12 We show our sin by actions. People live the way they believe. What they say is not necessarily what anyone really believes. Some of these actions are shown in our passage. ... foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various evil desires and pleasures, passing our time being spiteful, envious, obnoxious, and hating one another.
D13 We do not and we can not seek God. We are enslaved to our sins.
E1 Romans 3:11 WEL There is no one who is understanding, there is no one seeking for God. (See Romans 3:10-18).
E2 John 8:34 NLT Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
D14 All are sinning.
D15 All will be judged.
D16 All will be found guilty.
D17 All will die.
D18 All will be sentenced to eternity suffering as our punishment.
D19 The salvation that is offered is because God is kind and loves us enough to genuinely offer it.
B2 After we believed the Gospel
C1 What God does
D1 God initiates salvation. If God does not, then no one will be saved. John 16:8 and John 6:44
D2 God in His sovereign power frees the will from darkness, blindness, ignorance, etc. to understand our sin and God’s punishment. Acts 16:14
D3 Having a freed will, God presents the Gospel through the preaching of it. 1 Corinthians 1:21
D4 One can then believe or not believe, resist or not resist, comply or refuse the Holy Spirit of God. God has freed our will, that is, given us the ability to make a choice or contrary choice. Acts 7:51, Isaiah 63:10, Isaiah 1:20
D5 If one believes, then God gives new life (regeneration), the earnest of the Holy Spirit, forgiveness of sins, eternal life, etc. 2 Corinthians 5:17
D6 All sin must be punished. Romans 6:23 and Romans 1:18
D7 Either I can be punished or someone else.
D8 If someone else is chosen, they must be sinless. Otherwise, they are being punished for their own sin.
D9 Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, is sinless. 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Hebrews 4:15
D10 Jesus is the Passover Lamb. He did this only one time. 1 Corinthians 5:7 and Hebrews 9:28
D11 The blood of Jesus paid penalty. 1 Peter 1:2, Hebrews 12:24, Ephesians 1:7
D12 Jesus suffered for our sins bearing the wrath of God. 1 Peter 2:24 and 1 Peter 3:18
D12 Salvation is not something earned. Our passage shows this. Faith is not a work.
D13 Jesus raised from the dead proving He is God, He is sinless, and He has paid that penalty successfully. Romans 1:3-4
D14 Jesus lives forever to make intercession for believers. Hebrews 7:25
D15 If we drift and finally and forever deny Jesus Christ, we will be apostate and go to eternal punishment. It is rare but does happen. When it happens? Only God knows. Let us stay in the grace of God. Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-31
C2 Characteristics of the regenerated
D1 Fruit of the Spirit. These are not something is ourselves but a fruit of the Holy Spirit working in our life. Galatians 5:22-23
D2 We are sanctified. We are separated from addiction and slavery to sin to be separated to God for serving Him, His kingdom, and His will.
E1 Instant and completed sanctification when believing is justification. Acts 26:18, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Hebrews 10:26
E2 The Holy Spirit's continuous teaching and convicting is a ongoing work of sanctification. This is progressive sanctification. 2 Corinthians 7:1 and 1 Thessalonians 4:3
E3 Instant and completed sanctification after physical death is glorification. Romans 8:30, Philippians 3:20-21
D3 God frees us from our sins. Romans 6:7
D4 His grace gives us the grace and power to know His will and do it. Philippians 2:13
D5 The gift of the Holy Spirit who works in our lives Romans 8:7-9
B3 Verse 5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
C1 Works of righteousness do not save us from God’s wrath. Isaiah 64:6
C2 Faith is not works. The Scripture states it so: Romans 4:2-4 LEB For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness." 4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited according to grace, but according to his due.
C3 Mercy is receiving what we do not deserve. We deserve the wrath of God, but the Lord Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, received God’s wrath for us.
C4 Washing of regeneration and renewal
D1 These are the work of the Holy Spirit John 1:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Romans 6:3-9 (baptism does not make one saved, it is the result of being saved and then identified with Jesus Christ).
D2 Renewal. What was dead in now alive. Colossians 3:10, Psalm 51:10, Ephesians 2:4-7
B4 Verse 6 Which he abundantly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior,
C1 Not just a little but much
C2 Done in love, wisdom, and holiness
B5 Verse 7 That having been justified by means of his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
C1 Justification is instant sanctification accomplished entirely by God for those who believe in His son Jesus Christ.
C2 It is God’s grace, not our work
C3 God made us heirs of a heavenly kingdom Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29, Ephesians 3:6
B6 Verse 8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on them, so that those who believe in God might be conscientious to keep up good works. These things are right and beneficial to people.
C1 Good works glorify God. So the works we do must be works that are approved by Go. Stealing to help the poor would not qualify as a good work.
C2 The good works we do are first for our family, then for our local brothers and sisters, then for our other brothers and sisters worldwide, and finally as a witness to those who do not believe.
C3 It must be a work that we can do. Some can give money, food, clothes, necessities. Some can give in labor as cleaning, repairing, running errands, etc. All can pray, but for some that is all they are able to do.
B7 Philippians 1:9-11 GNB I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment, 10 so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ. 11 Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.

18 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 7

Chapter 3


Titus 3:1-2 Dealing with non-Christians


Dealing with non-Christians

1 Remind them to be under the authority of rulers and authorities, to comply with [their rules], to be ready for every good work,
2 Not to insult anyone, or be contentious, [but to be] gentle, showing a complete meekness to all people.

Notes:
B1 Government authorities
C1 As much as possible, we are to follow the law of our government.
C2 There is no such thing as a just government. As far as I know, all governments have corruption.
D1 A rather full review of the Roman Empire is here .
D2 Some the main reasons that the Empire fell is here.
D3 Basically, the empire fell due to governmental and society corruption. Just like governement and society do today.
C3 Romans 12:18 CSB If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
C4 Some things we are required as Christians:
D1 Pray for leaders: 1 Timothy 2:1-2 CSB First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
D2 Be respectful of them: Acts 23:5 CSB I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest," replied Paul. "For it is written, You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people.
D3 Pay taxes: Romans 13:6-7 NLT Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
D4 No bias in society: 1 Timothy 5:21 NLT I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.
D5 Seek peace, not confrontation: Matthew 5:9 NLT God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
D6 Telling and living the truth: Matthew 5:37 NLT Just say a simple, 'Yes, I will,' or 'No, I won't.' Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
D7 No molestation, exploitation, or abuse:
E1 1 Timothy 4:12 NLT Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
E2 1 Timothy 5:2 NLT Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.
B2 Attitudes towards all people
C1 Humility: Philippians 2:5-8 NLT You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.
C2 No complaining or arguing: Philippians 2:14 NLT Do everything without complaining and arguing.
C3 Thankfulness: Colossians 4:2 NLT Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
C4 Faithfulness: John 8:31 NLT Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
B3 Speech What we say is to be
C1 Truth
D1 Jesus is the perfect example. Everything He did and said is 100% truth: John 14:6 CSB Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
D2 Our worship must be true. John 4:24 GW God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
E1 God is spirit, that is, Yahweh is not flesh, stone, wood, etc. He is not material.
E2 Worship in spirit:
F1 An attitude of reverence
F2 The opposite of fleshly worship such as many heathen worship ceremonies
G1 Deuteronomy 12:31 CSB You must not do the same to the LORD your God, because they practice every detestable act, which the LORD hates, for their gods. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
G2 Deuteronomy 18:9-11, 14 CSB When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. 10 "No one among you is to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, 11 "cast spells, consult a medium or a spiritist, or inquire of the dead. ... 14 "Though these nations you are about to drive out listen to fortune-tellers and diviners, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do this.
G3 1 Kings 14:23-24 NLT For they also built for themselves pagan shrines and set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. 24 There were even male and female shrine prostitutes throughout the land. The people imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
G4 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
F3 According to God’s standards
G1 1 Timothy 4:13 NIV Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
G2 Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
E3 Worship in truth
F1 Not outward form or piety
F2 But in inward piety
C2 Being contentious (also translated quarrelsome, argumentative, etc. Also, some understand not to be referring to speech but action so it is translated as peaceable)
D1 Not hot tempered about personal opinions
D2 Gentle in what we say instead of abusive, emotionally hurting words
C3 Gentle
D1 In words, deeds, body language
D2 Seen in pleasant treatment of others (especially vulnerable people) and animals.
D3 Antonyms often help us understand. Some listed antonyms of gentleness are abusive, brutal, ferocious, fierce, violent
D4 Philippians 4:5 NIV Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
D5 Note the contrast: 1 Corinthians 4:21 NLT Which do you choose? Should I come with a rod to punish you, or should I come with love and a gentle spirit?
C4 Meekness
D1 Again some antonyms: aggressive, arrogant, and being rude and pushy
D2 With some people it is their way or no way. It is their opinion only. They are controlling and demanding.
D3 Some verses
E1 God separates the meek and the arrogant in judgment: Zephaniah 3:11-12 NIV On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill. 12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the LORD.
E2 Speaking of Messiah, the Psalmist writes: Psalms 45:4 ESV In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
E3 Note the contrast: Proverbs 16:19 GW Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people.
E4 God helps the meek (the humble) and opposes the proud and arrogant: James 4:6 CSB But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.