Reposted from Pastor Flamme
(15 verses, 1:26 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Zealous for Good Works
- “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (vs. 1). This statement is likely Paul’s concluding comment from the previous chapter that chastised certain Cretans for defiling both their consciences and minds with Jewish myths (1:14-15).
- Paul gives instructions for the “older men” (2), “older women” (3-5), “younger men” (6-8), and “slaves” (9-10).
- Verses 11-15 describe the effect of the Gospel in the lives of Christians.
- Paul can surprise you with how easily he can slide from speaking about “sound doctrine” in one sentence to Christian living in the next. The devil tries to convince Christians that the doctrine matters little to nothing. All we need is love, right? We just need a good deed here and there, and in the end it won’t matter what we believe. In another moment the tempter may whisper that as long as the doctrine is pure, then the conduct of our lives is immaterial. Both positions drive an unneeded wedge between Christ’s teaching and holy living. Yes, holding fast to sound doctrine matters, or else we would lose our confidence in Christ’s redeeming work. But we have not been giving his blood and righteousness so that we may continue in “worldly passions,” or ignore our neighbor in a spirit of selfishness. As we have received from Christ, so we give to our neighbor and strive “to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (vs. 12-13). We pray that when Jesus returns in glory, he won’t find us asleep, but active in good works because of the wakefulness of faith.
- Prayer: Merciful Lord, give me a heart, mind, and soul that is zealous for preserving your teaching and performing the good works that benefit my neighbor. Amen.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme