7 Rules for Good Works
Paul states that not by “works” “done by us in righteousness” in Titus 3.4-5. But, notice Paul only said “works” and not “good works”. Paul does say be zealous for good works in Titus 2.14. Good works are defined as a duty. First in Titus 3.4-5, a duty to recognize God as Lord and Jesus as Savior. Secondly in Titus 2.14, the duty to serve others.
Tt 3:4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, Tt 3:5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…
Tt 2:14 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.
These “good works” spoken of as prepared beforehand are only possible from the regeneration in salvation through Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
To be ready for these works, we need to follow Paul’s seven proscriptions.
Tt 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, Tt 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
- Be submissive to rulers (The one that has primary rule)
- Be submissive to authorities (The one that provides administrative control)
- Be obedient
- Be ready
- Speak no evil of no one
- Be gentle
- Show courtesy toward all
Published on Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:35 AM CDT
How to Think Speak and Live as a Christian
This verse tells Christians 6 things to think on, and 6 things to put out of a Christians life.
Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- Whatever is true
- Whatever is honorable
- Whatever is just
- Whatever is pure
- Whatever is lovely
- Whatever is commendable
The verse then ends with the guiding principal of Christian thinking: if there is any excellence, and if anything is worthy of praise. Christians are not to be involved with negativity in thought or words.
Why, because these six things give grace to the hearer, and build up others.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Six things that are not to be found in a Christian’s life.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
- All bitterness
- All wrath
- All anger
- All clamor
- All slander
- All malice
These six things grieve the Holy Spirit.
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Published on Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 4:20 AM CDT
Three Marks of a Christian
According to Paul, in these verses in Philippians, the Christian has three attributes that witness to a broken world. These three are joy, kindness/reasonableness, and the lack of anxiety in their life. It is in living joyously in all circumstances, being reasonable/kind to all, and trusting God by demonstrating a lack of anxiety in life that demonstrates to the lost world God’s glory.
Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Php 4:5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Everyone knows the next verse Philippians 4.7 that tells of the peace that surpasses all understanding. Yet many Christians do not have this type of peace and wonder why. Why, because they failed to live out verses 4.4-6.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 4:14 AM CDT
Save and Savior
The terms (“save”) and (“savior,” “benefactor”) were quite familiar to the Ephesians, and the latter appeared on an important statue honoring Julius Caesar that was possibly still standing at the time when Ephesians was written. The inscription reads:
The cities of Asia, along with the [citizen-bodies] and the nations, (honor) Gaius Julius Caesar, son of Gaius, the High Priest, Imperator, and twice Consul, the manifest god (sprung) from Ares and Aphrodite, and universal savior of human life.
The Ephesians at the time of Paul understood that a god acted as a savior on a person’s behalf. Paul came to tell them of the real God and His saving work.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Published on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 4:40 AM CDT
Forgiveness Kindness and Love
Do you want God to forgive you? Do you want God to be kind to you? Do you want God to love you? God has requirements for these three things.
First, God wants you to repent and seek salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.
Second, God wants you to demonstrate your salvation by being forgiving, kind, and loving to others.
1 Th 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Ac 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Eph 2:7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Now we are to be forgiving, kind, and loving to others, because God was forgiving, kind, and loving to us, in Christ.
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Published on Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:31 AM CDT