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TITUS 2:3-5

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

LESSON 1 ... VERSE 3 ... WRITTEN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005:

What pressure today is on Christian womanhood!

There's an all-out battle in our land to change the roles of the sexes!

Overthrow the traditional place of the woman!

In her stead put Ms. Modern America!    

But ... WHAT is a Christian lady to do?

What are her most outstanding characteristics?

How does she behave?

In what way is she different?

Paul the Apostle goes a long way in answering such questions in Titus 2:3-5.

For example, verse 3 says:  "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things."

Paul is going through all the age groups in the Church.  He instructs each of them concerning proper Christian living.

He, in his Epistle to Titus, addresses older men, then older women ... then younger ladies, followed by younger men!  He elsewhere even includes children.

"Aged women" is a term ("presbutis") that suggests those who are older in years, who have faithfully followed Jesus for some time!  "Presbus" in Greek just means elderly.  No where else in Scripture is this feminine term used!

The noun for "behaviour" is "katastema" and literally means "a standing down." Here is indicated a manner of life that establishes some things!  That really stands for something!  Not living passively or vainly ... but with resolve and purpose!  This specific word also is only used here in all the Bible!

I believe that Christian ladies who live truly godly lives just may be a bit out of the ordinary nowadays, as rare as the words used here to describe them!

The phrase "as becometh holiness" combines two words:  "hieros" means sacred and "prepo" means "to stand up or to stick out" ... hence, to be obvious or noticeable!  Paul certainly here is not teaching ladies to be proud or ostentatious, but to not be ashamed of their godliness either!

Godly living ... that becomes visible because it's so different from the world!

There should be nothing embarrassing about one's moral purity or modesty of dress or lack of clamor!

"False accusers," in Greek "diabolos," is a word that's used for the devil 35 times in the New Testament!  It actually means to throw ("ballo") harsh accusing words through ("dia") someone!  Malicious use of the tongue is here forbidden!  The devil is the "accuser" of the brethren ... and the sisters too!

And the verb "given" in the "wine" sentence is a classic!  "Douloo," reflecting the common word for a house slave ("doulos") means "to be in bondage" to something.  Ladies, Paul is saying, stay away from the wine!  Remember Proverbs 20:1 --- "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise."

Obviously Timothy was an abstainer from strong drink, based on Doctor Paul's medical advice in 1st Timothy 5:23 --- "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities."  See, Timothy for years normally drank only water! 

Godly aged women acted likewise!

Then ... "teachers of good things" translates just one word!  "Kalodidaskalos" means to aid in the learning ("dao") of that which is lovely or proper.  "Good" in a visible sense!  There's another word for good in an "inner" intrinsic sense, "agathos."

These traits of righteousness, tailored for the ladies, deal with one's behavior, one's brain and one's body.

Thank the Lord for godly ladies!

I recently studied some research material that suggested in modern days a total "paradigm" shift has occurred among women. 

Girls now are admiring and emulating and patterning their lives after such people as "porn" stars and "strippers" and "hollywood" queens of various sorts!

The sensual area of life has begun to dominate American culture ... even with women! 

Suddenly "exhibitionism" is all right ... even at Church apparently!

It now seems the body, its appearance and size and dress, is far more important than one's spirit and soul!

WELL ... all such talk is pure worldliness!

That deluded kind of thinking is foreign to godly Christianity!

And the pressure ... is often on the ladies.

To conform, to "sell out," to compromise!

Sisters reading these lines today ... you are admired by many old-fashioned Bible Believers for your stand on godly living!

For being ... "in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine" ... and ultimately,  "teachers of good things!"

The ladies described in Titus 2:3-5 are NOT drifting down the raunchy stream of culture and feminism and immodesty!

Thank God, some women are different!

The truly saved, Spirit-filled, dedicated ones!

May God bless you!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2 ... VERSE 4:   (WRITTEN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2005)

Women constitute a major force in any society!

And when it comes to the Church ... the ladies are important too!

So much so that Paul the Apostle writes to a young Preacher named Titus, saying that the older godly women should teach the younger wives certain things.

Here are a few of the subjects in which a Christian wife and mother would want to excel:  loving their own husbands and loving their children and being what Paul calls "sober" too.

Read with me Titus 2:4.  "That they (the older ladies) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children."

The clause "they may teach to be sober" is a translation of just one verb, "sophronizo."  It means being "of a sound, healthy mind!"   "Sophron," its root, is derived from the verb "sozo" (to save, to deliver) and the noun "phren" (the mind). Our word has the idea of being "sensible."  It is often said to include the idea of "self-control."

The students here, the "young women" (in Greek = "neos"), means new or fresh ... in the sense of age.  In the early Church older women were apparently sixty or over ... while the younger women (obviously wives with young children) would have still been of child bearing age.

"To love their husbands" is also a one-word term.  "Philandros" means to like or to love ("phileo") the man ("aner") in one's life.  In context, that would be the husbands of these wives.  The words carry the idea of being a "friend" to the husband also!

Similarly, "to love their children" is "philoteknos."  It means to be fond of one's offspring.  In those cruel ancient days it was common for an unwanted child to be discarded, thrown out into a field to die of starvation!  Today the answer is much more simple: abortion!

Of course these ladies to whom Paul is writing lived in a heathen culture.  So do we Americans.  They needed to be instructed that "womanhood" was NOT a dirty word!  That having a husband and a family was God's plan for their lives! And that they were important to the Lord's program!

Notice the "paradigm" that's being established here.  Generally speaking a young girl will grow up, marry a man of godly character, be his friend and companion and lover, and bear and rear children to the glory of God!  That's raising up what Malachi calls "godly seed."   And that just means godly boys and girls! (Malachi 2:15)

There is somewhat of a "revolution" happening in this wicked world today. Many many women are no longer satisfied being what God made them!  They don't like their "sex!"  They want to be men!  They don't like their traditional roles either!  They don't want children!  They don't want husbands!  They don't want godly lifestyles! 

As startling as it may seem, many young women today in the Lesbian world are having surgical operations, medically altering their appearance ... to be more manlike!

That's a form of rank rebellion ... against God as Creator!

Let's stop right now and thank God for the Christian young ladies who have heeded Titus 2:4.  Women who are "sober minded" and "love their husbands and their children!"

This verse is full of "hapax legomena!"  Those are words that occur only once in a body of literature!  The expressions "teach to be sober" (as a verb), and "to love their husbands" as well as "to love their children" all are found only here in the whole Bible!

We have studied one unique verse today!

A godly lady is a powerful weapon in the Lord's arsenal!  An ungodly one is exactly that for the devil too!

Many Christian girls have reached maturity, married, and molded their thinking ... then their whole lives ... around Paul's inspired instructions here. 

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Titus 2:3-5

Godly ladies, we respect you!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 5:

Morality!

That has become the issue of our day!

The world would have us believe that purity of life just doesn't matter.

And men ... as well as many women now ... have believed the lie.

Paul the great Apostle, in Titus 2, highlights the importance of godly living for all Believers in Christ Jesus.

Even the ladies, often overlooked in those ancient days, are mentioned.

Both the older and the younger women are given precise instructions on right behavior.  That is ... for someone who has been saved by the Grace of God.

Listen:  "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Titus 2:3-5

Holiness of life is particularly highlighted by the word "chaste" in that last verse.

There Scripture lists five great characteristics of a born-again young lady.

"... to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Titus 3:5

The adjective "discreet" is the Greek word "sophron."  It means to have a right "mind," right "thinking" about the things of God!  Sensible!  It also carries the idea of being self-controlled.  Living with one's mind ruling his or her body ... rather than the body and its passions ruling the mind!  Two Greek words ... "sozo" = to save and "phren" = the mind are here combined.  Literally, a saved mind!  And even "phren," the mind, is derived from an earlier verb "phrao," meaning "to curb or reign in" something!  See the discipline in the expression!

But now to the word "chaste."  Christian ladies are "chaste." 

In reality such chastity is expected of all Believers, men as well as women! Paul wrote to Timothy, "Keep thyself pure."  See 1st Timothy 5:22.

The adjective here is "hagnos."  In Titus the word is written in the feminine gender.  It means clear or clean or pure!  It especially focuses upon moral issues!  In 2nd Corinthians 11:2 Paul wanted to present the whole Church as a "chaste" virgin (a bride) to the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ our Lord!  That gives us an idea of how he viewed the word.

"Keepers at home" is a rather controversial term now.  "Oikouros" combines "oikos," a dwelling or a house, and "ouros," a guard!  Guarding one's home! Often this word is used to depict someone who never leaves the house ... but that's just not implied in the word's history.  Nor is any "clutter" in your home under review here, ladies.  It means that you oversee the well-being of your family, watching carefully for any danger.  Spirit-filled Christian ladies are great at spotting approaching trouble!

"Good," the next requirement for mature feminine spirituality, translates "agathos," a key word that means "excellent, honorable, beneficial or distinguished."   It is a goodness that exists internally.  It is in-born of the Spirit of God!  Once a lady is saved, such goodness is intrinsic.  While the lost world talks about being "bad to the bone," the word "agathos" pictures being "good to the bone!"  To the core of one's being! 

The now "politically incorrect" one is listed next!  "Obedient to one's own husband" says Paul!  Not a rebel!  The participle here, a verbal adjective, is "hupotasso." It's a military term!  To "obey" in this sense:  to arrange oneself in the order God has commanded in His Word!  "Tasso" means to get in line where you have been placed by the officer in charge!  "Hupo," the prefix just means "under" authority.  Bu the way, everyone in the Christian life is "under" some authority!  And we all are "under" the Lord!

It seems that in Paul's day there was a miniature "women's liberation" movement in progress!  Greek ladies were trying to break the patterns of years of tradition.  BUT Paul asked the Christian ladies not to do so!  To remain quite and submissive and holy and family oriented and godly!

Why?

Among other reasons ... "that the word of God be not blasphemed."

"Blasphemed" ) is the Greek verb "blasphemeo" (from "pheme" = a saying ... and "blapto" = to hurt or injure).   Obviously we have adopted this very word into English!  Such terms are called "loan words." 

Paul wants us Believers to live right, to live godly ... so that the Word of God and the Cause of Christ are not harmed!

Here we have an example of folks who are expected to curtail certain activities ... because those things may hurt the Christian Faith!

And the Lord's people, those truly born-again, including the ladies, gladly comply!

Ladies, I say it again!

You are admired and appreciated for your manner of life ... your holy and pure and sweet manner of life!

So unlike the world!

May God bless you, our Sisters in Christ!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

THREE SHORT LESSONS ... BUT WE HAVE EXAMINED EACH KEY WORD IN THE WHOLE PASSAGE!  OH, HOW WE SHOULD HONOR THOSE WOMEN WHO ARE TRULY LIVING GODLY CHRISTIAN LIVES!  WE SHOULD RISE US AND CALL THEM ALL "BLESSED!"  PROVERBS 31:28

 

 

 

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