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Thursday, September 22 2016

Titus 2: High Fidelity Christianity

"Not every one that saith unto Me, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity"

The English-language word "fidelity" originated from a Latin word, fidelitas, that meant faithful - not as a state of mind alone, but as a way of life of being true to something or someone, without betrayal or perversion.

"High fidelity" is a modern-era electronics term that refers to fully reproducing what was actually recorded - without distortion or omission. The principle originated however with the Word of God in the Garden of Eden (see also Will You Return To The Tree Of Life? and Was The Garden Of Eden At Jerusalem?).

Notice the difference between the pure sound of the Word of the LORD and the twisted (see What Does Wicked Mean?) noise of the Devil's playback (see also the Fact Finder question below).

"2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17 KJV)

"3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4 KJV)

The crystal-clear and perfect recorded Word of God was given to humanity as the basis of living a life that is truly faithful to the Creator (see also God, Who Created All Things By Jesus Christ and Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?). The Messiah made plain that distortions and neglect of His Word isn't faith - it's just noise that will, in due time, be silenced forever.

Heaven

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:13-27 KJV)

The apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) was a real person who taught real people (see The Men And Women Who Made It Happen). No one is yet perfect (see Perfecting Your Perfection). No one is yet without sin (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

But everyone, in their due time (see The Harvests Of Salvation), is capable of being a "high fidelity Christian" ("sound in faith," verse 2 below) by allowing the true Word of God to be the sight and sound of their journey to eternal life: "Shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things."

"2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." (Titus 2:1-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: How has Satan distorted and perverted the sight and sound of God's Word?
See How Has Satan Stolen The True Appearance Of Jesus Of Nazareth? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History, September 22

66: Roman Emperor Nero (see Nero's Torches) created the Legion I Italica (see also The Conversion Of The Roman Army Commanders).

Roman Soldier

904: The Chinese warlord Zhu Quanzhong executed Emperor Zhaozong after seizing control of the imperial government.

1499: The Peace of Basel ended the Swiss (also known as the Swabian War) between the Holy Roman emperor Maximilian I and the Swiss Confederation.

1530: The first version of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession was presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) after the Emperor had declared that the Confutation (August 3 1530) prepared by the Catholic theologians to refute the Augsburg Confession (June 25 1530) properly presented his Catholic faith. The Emperor demanded that the reformers return to the Catholic church and refused to accept the Apology when it was presented to him. See Emperors and Popes to understand that emperors always (past and yet future) claimed superiority to popes (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1556: Johann Agricola died at age 72. The "protestant" reformer, a friend of Martin Luther (he convinced Luther to study Roman theology instead of medicine) was an advocate of antinomianism (anti = "against", nomos = "law") - a Satanic blasphemy that falsely claims that Christians are "freed by grace" from the need to obey The Ten Commandments (see Antinomianism).

1692: The last official executions for witchcraft (see What Is Sorcery?) in Massachusetts. During the Salem Witch Trials, 8 people who been falsely accused of witchcraft were hung, bringing to a total of 13 women and 7 men who were put to death over the course of the brief witch-hunt era (see also What Does Wicked Mean? to understand how the word for witchcraft, wicca, is the same as the word for those who make false accusations against innocent people).

The Salem Witch Trials

1761: George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.

1784: A Russian colony was established in what is today Alaska. Russia sold the territory to the U.S. in 1867.

1862: Abraham Lincoln issued his first Emancipation Proclamation attempt to free U.S. slaves.

1888: The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.

1896: Queen Victoria surpassed King George III (her grandfather) as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Victoria reigned 63 years and 7 months. Queen Elizabeth II, the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the longest reigning in British history in 2015.

Queen Victoria

1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the German submarine SM U-9 torpedoed and sank the British cruisers, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy on the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. Over 1,400 men were lost.

1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), British forces in Israel (then known as "Palestine," an English rendering of "Philistine") captured Nazareth and Haifa from the Ottoman (Turkish) forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1949: The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, ending the U.S. monopoly of atomic weapons.

1965: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (also known as the Second Kashmir War) between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, ended with a UN sponsored cease-fire.

1975: Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.

1980: Polish workers won the right to form independent unions, from which came the Solidarity movement with Lech Walesa as its elected leader.

1980: The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.

1991: The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to public viewing for the first time (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).

2011: CERN scientists claimed a discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light.




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