|Posted on January 11, 2016 at 6:40 PM||comments (10)|
Titus 2: 3, K.J.V. “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;”In this study, I focus on single ‘key-word’ definitions and ‘phrase’ revelations as enlightenment. So we’ll explore the word aged which means 1) older, 2) having existed for a specific period of time, 3) experienced, 4) from an earlier time. Anyone reading now, can relate to each of these definitions, yet aged or older means something different to everyone. For instance, time is usually attached to the word aged [old] so a nine-year-old may think twenty is OLD or a nineteen-year-old may consider forty-five as OLD, maybe even ancient. I must reveal the Holy Spirit’s impartation to me nearly two decades ago. He says that in this scripture context, the true definition for aged is wisdom [or experience from an earlier time]. Aged is not as most deem old, for everyone is older than someone and everyone is younger than someone. An eighteen-year-old, even though a young adult, believer or not, can and should witness to an eight-year-old witness for Jesus; or mentor and encourage which may help in their next decade of living experience. Even worldly wisdom, has the potential to help keep any child out of negative circumstances to set a life in a new direction. Young people should be inspired and whatever is your age [reader], you also need inspiration. Consider yourself youthful! 1 Timothy 4: 12 says, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity show yourself an example of those who believe.” My point is that the word aged is so broad, we do it a disservice restricting its meaning to OLD. But know that getting old is part of the Blessing with godly wisdom from the Lord and I praise Him for it! Proverbs 3: 18 refers to wisdom as female gender: “She is a tree-of-life to those who lay hold on her; and happy (blessed, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who holds her fast.” Let’s look at the phrase ‘women likewise’. The word ‘women’ is plural for females -of any age, having responsibility of loving your sistahs, help each other affirmatively as your reasonable service [Romans 12:1], and share your maturity by with concern that they miss the pit from which you climbed. Now ‘likewise’ means similar to; in this context similar to Titus 2: 2 which is addressed to older men but is applicable to women: “…are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.” Selah.
|Posted on January 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Titus 2: l, KJV: “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine;” The word speak means 1) to express oneself relating in words of thoughts, opinions, or feelings; 2) to express oneself in actions of thoughts, opinions, or feelings [which may speak louder than words]; 3) to share orally a generational history. Paul explains in Colossians 4: 6, “Let your speech be always with grace [humble], seasoned with salt [godly wisdom], that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” [bracket additions are mine]. I selected these three precepts for one cannot deny that the mouth utters from who we are or if unable to verbalize, will often result in overt activity. Yet we tend not to share orally a generational history. I believe it is very important and Paul’s letter to Titus is to inspire telling of “the old paths where the good way is and walk in it…” Jeremiah 6:16. My search took me to Deuteronomy 11: 2 and I am convicted by the words of God: “And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm…” The revelation here is that God says, He is not telling the generations about the blessing He directed to you. Therefore, you/we/us have the responsibility to tell and must tell our generations about the goodness of God in our lives -things they do not know or did not see. Selah?
|Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
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Titus 2: l, KJV: “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine;”
The word sound means 1) to be free of error, 2) fallacy, misapprehension; 3) exhibiting thorough knowledge and experience -true to doctrine [an accepted principle]; 4) to be stable, wholesome, a well-being of spirit. Interestingly, sound also relates to our hearing. Therefore, we as saints are responsible to speak soundly and to hear soundly. The sound [words, music, etc.] entering the ear-gate > “faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God”, should determine the sound coming from the mouth-gate > for of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We are saints by the blood of the Lamb and by confessing Him as Savior and Lord. We are sound only by the Grace of God. Paul’s intent of true doctrine is revealed in Titus 2:8, “And let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about us” [saints]. Then he expresses it in 1 Timothy 6:3-4, “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing…”