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Week 48 Day 6
Paul claimed three people as his 'sons'
they were Timothy and Titus
both young men and fellow workers in the gospel
who served as pastors in churches Paul had founded
The other son was Onesimus
a slave unprofitable in his owners eyes
but whose presence Paul found very profitable
for strengthening his spirit.
Paul's emphasis on purity of heart and body
is partly because he was
ministering to the Gentiles
whose upbringing would have been influenced by Roman standards
which were less restrictive on matters of morality
their values not shaped
by any knowledge of
the holy God of Israel
So the morality standards of the early christian church
were probably a big change for many of them
Paul's concern was also for his sons in the Lord
that they would not become like
the people they were trying to convert
a not uncommon concern in any society
where standards are set
according to common practice
and the perception is that
because everybody is doing it
therefore it must be ok.
Criticism and abuse of the early christians was so severe
that Paul encouraged his adherents to live such exemplary lives
that their adversaries would have no target at which to punch!
A VERY TOUGH STANDARD
Live your life so that
no one will have anything evil to say about you.
Titus 1, 2 & 3
1Paul, bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, 4to
Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy and peace.
5 I left you in Crete to set in order the things that are lacking,
and appoint elders in every city--9a man able, by sound doctrine,
to exhort and convict those who contradict.
10Many are insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers,
especially those of the circumcision, 11whose mouths must
be stopped, who teach for the sake of dishonest gain.
15To those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure;
even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16They profess
to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
1Speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2that older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith,
in love, in patience; 3the older women likewise, be reverent
in behaviors, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers
of good things--4that they admonish the young women to love
their husbands, to love their children, 5to be discreet, chaste, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
6Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7in
all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in
doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8sound
speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent
may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say to you.
9Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters,
to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10not
pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn
the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
1Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be
ready for every good work, 2to speak evil of no one, to be
peaceable, showing humility to all. 3For we were once foolish,
living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4But
when the kindness and the love of God appeared, 5not by works
of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us, 7that having been justified by His grace we
should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8These things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who
have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.
15Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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