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Titus 2:11-3:3 (4 of 4)
We thank you Lord for your goodness and your kindness, your mercy, your grace. We pray that we might walk in that, and it will cause us to realize the brevity of the time that we have and to use our time wisely and well. We ask in Christ's name. Amen.
I'm up to Titus, Chapter 2. We were looking last week at the first 10 verses, and as we did that, we saw that there were a number of exhortations that concerned various groups. We saw that we were looking at older men, we looked at older women, then young women and young men, and then finally those who were bond slaves. And we saw that these were specific exhortations to living the quality of life that would be a witness, a testimony, an evident sign of God's power in their presence, in their midst. Where they would live a quality of life, there in the midst of that culture, that would cause people to wonder what's the source, why are they different. How do we account for this kind of transformation, and therefore live above the culture rather than as victims of their culture or as conformers to the culture?
It's my belief that this is always the call of the believer in Christ, for a person not to simply conform to the culture, but to be one who is transformed by the living presence of the Holy Spirit. Where there is a quality of Christ likeness, of Godliness, of humility, of patience, of virtue, of self-control, of discipline, of good works that evidence something that's been transformed inside. There is an internal transformation that produces an external manifestation. It's this power that really cannot be fully accounted for other than by seeing that it's evidence of something that's transcendent, something that's beyond us, something that really can't be fully accounted for in human terms.
So he's been arguing then that your right way of thinking and believing is going to be manifested in a right way of behaving and choosing, that there should be some ...
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