Titus 2

Titus 2

2:1 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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Titus 1

Titus 1

1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;

To Titus, my true child in a common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

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Going Deeper

Going Deeper

1 Timothy 6-2 Timothy 4 (6.22.19)

 

 

Grab your Bible, and let’s go deeper into 2 Timothy 3 and 4. Specifically, today I want to work through 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

The holy Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. All that we learn about God and His world and all other authorities should be interpreted in light of Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our theology and our lives.

 

We believe the holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God, infallible and inerrant, complete in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority for faith and life.

 

When the reformers used the words “Sola Scriptura,” they were expressing their concern for the Bible’s authority. They meant that the Bible alone is our ultimate authority—not the pope, not the church, not the traditions of the church or church councils, not personal inspirations or subjective feelings, but Scripture only. This is a conviction that needs to lead us still today!

 

According to the Bible, other sources of authority are established by God—such as the authority of church elders, the authority of the state, or the authority of parents over children—but Scripture alone is truly ultimate. Therefore, if any of these other authorities depart from Bible teaching, they are to be judged and held accountable or in contempt of the authority of the holy Bible.

 

We stand under the authority of the holy Scriptures above all other ruling governance in our life. So the question is how do we obey God’s word alone and not the opinions of men?

 

One of the key ways we must learn to do this is to test our understanding of Scripture with Scripture. This is called “The analogy of faith.” “The analogy of faith” is a hermeneutical (Bible study) principle which states that since all Scripture is harmoniously united with no essential contradictions, every proposed interpretation of any passage must be compared with what the other parts of the Bible teach. In other words, the body of doctrine, which the Scriptures as a whole proclaim, will not be contradicted in any way by any passage.

 

We must be careful not to interpret Scripture according to man’s preferences or religion’s traditions, but according to the rules and authority of Scripture alone. Let me help flesh this out with some base understanding of the word of God.

 

What are the holy Scriptures:

The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word for book. Holy Bible means holy book. It was written in three languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic) over a period of 1500 years by more than 40 authors. The holy Bible contains 66 books: 39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is “inspired by God.” This is one word in the Greek: THEOPNEUSTOS. It literally means “God-breathed.”

 

We believe God inspired certain prophets and apostles so they then put down in writing the exact words God wanted them to write. 2 Peter 1:21 says that God “moved” certain prophets. The word “moved” means “to carry along; to overwhelm by force.”

 

Since man’s main means of communication is words (greater than gestures, facial expressions, pictures, music, etc.), God used this means to communicate with us. Praise God!

 

Why we fully trust the holy Scriptures:

We trust the holy Scriptures because they are God’s word. They do not merely contain God’s word; they are God’s word.

 

  • We trust the holy Scriptures because the Bible is inerrant.

It contains no errors in the original manuscripts. Truth and error are incompatible, like light and darkness.

 

  • We trust the holy Scriptures because the Bible is infallible.

It cannot fail to speak the truth. It does not and cannot error.

Jesus said it “cannot be broken” (John 10:35), for all of its individual words are true. Thus, Scripture has no contradictions between its parts!

 

Yes, the Bible was written by fallible men, but God so breathed on them and inspired them to record His holy word perfectly, even through each one’s personality and purpose. God then so preserved His word down through the generations and translations by godly men to provide for us what we have today–God’s holy word.

 

What should we do with the holy Scriptures:  

 

  • Obey God’s word above all else.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”

Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

 

No matter what you believe about God or life, if the Bible says different, you must believe what it says. You must submit yourself fully to it. I want us to be radically submissive and radically surrendered to His word.

 

John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

 

This is the good news of Jesus Christ: Because he took on our sin and gave us His righteousness, we now have right standing with God and the power to obey Him.

 

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

 

  • Test all things up against God’s word.

I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

I Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

 

Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”

We err if we do not know the Bible or if we contradict it.

 

  • Watch out for and rebuke anything that comes against God’s word.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

 

Romans 16:17-18 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

 

I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

 

  • Do not add or take away from God’s word.

Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.”

 

Deuteronomy 12:32 “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.”

Don’t add anything to the Scriptures and don’t take anything away from the Scriptures. The word of God is sufficient to lead us in our lives, relationships and families to life and to life everlasting.

 

God tells us “not to go beyond that which is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6).

 

  • Share God’s word.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Mark 16:15-16 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

 

  • Study God’s word.

Regularly seek and sit under sound teaching. Good and godly preaching means sermons are expositions of the Bible and its teachings and not sporadic expressions of the preacher’s opinions or the ideas of the age. We must settle for nothing less than what God has given. This is why pastoral elders are called to “hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9).

 

Professor and theologian, Wayne Grudem, once said this:

“Throughout the history of the church the greatest preachers have been those who have recognized that they have no authority in themselves and have seen their task as being to explain the words of Scripture and apply them clearly to the lives of their hearers. Their preaching has drawn its power not from the proclamation of their own Christian experiences or the experiences of others, nor from their own opinions, creative ideas, or rhetorical skills, but from God’s powerful words. Essentially they stood in the pulpit, pointed to the biblical text, and said in effect to the congregation, ‘This is what this verse means. Do you see that meaning here as well? Then you must believe it and obey it with all your heart, for God himself, your Creator and your Lord, is saying this to you today!’ Only the written words of Scripture can give this kind of authority to preaching.”

 

Hold fast to God’s word in daily study.

Psalms 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

à There is a spiritual diet without which no Christian can be strong and healthy and fruitful. That is a diet of the word of God. Are you holding fast to God’s word daily?

 

2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season …

Are you ready in season and out of season?

 

2 Timothy 4:2 … reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Are you doing the work given to us to do?

 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

 

Are you enduring sound teaching or settling for just what makes you feel good or comfortable?

 

Our tendency in the flesh is to submit to the rational of our human mind instead of the authority of the almighty, eternal God’s holy word. As a result, we form views of who God is and how He acts or doesn’t act based more on our personal feelings or logic instead of the divine and perfectly written words He gave us in Scripture.  This is so dangerous and detrimental.

 

Instead, we need to take very seriously the words of God, submit to God’s authority, and conform to His image and not try to make Him conform to our ideas or our will.

 

We are at war with our sin, selfishness, and self-reign. We must realize that we are desperate for the authority of God’s word to correct our futile view of God, ourselves, this world, and everything in it. We are desperate for His word to lead us with authority.

 

Please, don’t slip away to something more comfortable, but fight with us as we cling to and delight in all that He is and has for us!  

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

 

 

By His grace and for His glory,

-Shepherd

Soldiers for Jesus MC

2 Timothy 4

2 Timothy 4

4:1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

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2 Timothy 3

2 Timothy 3

3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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