Be a model of good works (Titus 2:7)

“Show yourself

In all respects

A model

Of good works.

In your teaching,

Show integrity

And gravity.”

περὶ πάντα, σεαυτὸν παρεχόμενος τύπον καλῶν ἔργων, ἐν τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ ἀφθορίαν, σεμνότητα,

Paul said, “Show yourself (σεαυτὸν παρεχόμενος) in all respects (περὶ πάντα) a model (τύπον) of good works (καλῶν ἔργων).  In your teaching (ἐν τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ), show integrity (ἀφθορίαν) and gravity (σεμνότητα).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀφθορίαν, that means incorruptibility, indestructibility, or immortality, and the word σεμνότητα, that means seriousness, dignity, honor, or gravity.  Paul then turned to Titus himself.  He had to be model of good works in his own life.  He had to show a consistency between his preaching and his own personal lifestyle.  However, his teaching should have integrity and seriousness to it.  He should not be sloppy or frivolous in his teaching.  Paul wanted Titus to teach and show a serious integrity in his behavior.  Are your teaching bishops men of integrity?

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