Summary: To prove that we have been made pure and what to do with our purity.
Are we pure?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove that we have been made pure and what to do with our purity.
Titus 1:15 (Amplified Bible)
To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted.
To the Pure - all things are pure.
To the pure
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 64 A.D.
C. Purpose: To counsel and exhort Titus, a young pastor, relating to his ministerial duties and doctrines, w/ special emphasis on the maintenance of good works
D. To whom written: Titus
E. Main theme: Good works
F. Keywords: Good works
G. Key verses:
Titus 1:5 (Amplified Bible)
For this reason I left you [behind] in Crete, that you might set right what was defective and finish what was left undone, and that you might appoint elders and set them over the churches (assemblies) in every city as I directed you.
Titus 3:8 (Amplified Bible)
This message is most trustworthy, and concerning these things I want you to insist steadfastly, so that those who have believed in (trusted in, relied on) God may be careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations and to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent and right [in themselves], but [they are] good and profitable for the people.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Greek word: "katharos" meaning clean, unpolluted, clear and unmixed.
Latin word: "purus" which means the following:
1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; clear; free from mixture; as pure water; pure clay; pure sand; pure air; pure silver of gold. Pure wine is very scare
2. Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.
3. Genuine; real; true; incorrupt; unadulterated; as pure religion. James 1.
4. Unmixed; separate from any other subject or from every thing foreign; as pure mathematics.
5. Free from guilt; guiltless; innocent.
No hand of strife is pure, but that which wins.
6. Not vitiated with improper or corrupt words or phrases; as a pure style of discourse or composition.
7. Disinterested; as pure benevolence.
A. To the Pure - all things are pure
"To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure,"
Psalms 24:3-4 (Amplified Bible)
Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.
Matthew 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
1 Peter 1:22 (Amplified Bible)
Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy ] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
The pure are blessed by GOD, obedient to the Truth thru HOLY SPIRIT with purified hearts and sincere affection to the brethren.
B. Pure differs from corrupted and do not believe
"but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure;"
1. Sinful mind - corrupted
Romans 1:28 (Amplified Bible)
And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,
Romans 8:7 (Amplified Bible)
[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
Ephesians 4:17 (Amplified Bible)
So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds.
2. Unbelief - those who don't believe
They needed to see signs to believe. For them, it's see to believe. Wicked and evil men don't have faith.
John 4:48 (Amplified Bible)
Then Jesus said to him, Unless you see signs and miracles happen, you [people] never will believe (trust, have faith) at all.
1 Corinthians 14:22 (Amplified Bible)
Thus [unknown] tongues are meant for a [supernatural] sign, not for believers but for unbelievers [on the point of believing], while prophecy (inspired preaching and teaching, interpreting the divine will and purpose) is not for unbelievers [on the point of believing] but for believers.