Q. Can you show me just one passage in the New Testament that summarizes what Christianity is all about?
1* But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
2* Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;
7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
9 Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative,
10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
11* For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
15* These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Verse one is the introduction: – the verse that follow are the application – Apply the things found in verses 2-15 for a “healthy application” of Christianity.
Verses 2-3 for older members of the church
Vs. 1 – sound = healthy
Vs. 2 – temperate = sober-minded
sound = healthy
Vs. 3 – reverent = befitting a priest
Verses 4-8 for younger members
Vs. 4 – encourage = “urge to bring someone to his senses”
Older Women teach the younger women
1) By the right conduct and example
2) By TEACHING younger women
Teach them 2 Things:
1) Love their husbands
2) Love their children
Vs. 5 – 3) sensible
4) pure (chaste)
5) workers at home = “busy at home”
7) being subject = “to place under” their OWN husband
THAT – the word of God may not be dishonored
Vs. 6 – Young men are to be:
Vs. 7 2) an example of good deeds
3) with purity in doctrine
Vs. 8 5) sound = healthy in speech
IN ORDER THAT – the opponent will be put to shame
Verses 9 – 10 for bondslaves
but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
“adorn” = make beautiful
Verses 11-15 – The Instructive Meaning of God’s Grace
Vs. 12 – “ungodliness” = irreverence
“worldly desires” = desires connected with the evil in this world