Titus 1:15-16 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
Today we continue from the verses we looked at yesterday. Today we are brought to remembrance of the fact that there really is no “halfway” mark with God. Either you’re cold, or hot. If you’re lukewarm, then your just the same as evil and therefore will be spewed out of the mouth of God just the same. There are not many levels of “Lost.” Lost souls, are lost, with no one lost soul even “more lost” than another precious lost soul. One is not “more saved” than another either. Sin is sin (with the exception of the sin of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit) and Truth is Truth just as lie is lie. There are not degrees of such. A little sin, makes the whole person sinful (Though we the redeemed in Christ Jesus, have complete forgiveness by His Blood, to be completely washed of all our sin) just as a little leaven, leavens the entire lump of bread: Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” We cannot have the thought, that it is okay to have a little sin, or tolerate a little sin, thinking as the world thinks “Well, I’m not as bad as many other people.” Remember that even the liar is grouped together with the murderer in Revelations 21:8. As said in James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
This is not to condemn someone, or show God as hateful, or to make us feel bad and very dirty in sin. As we sin, that makes us sinful, yes. However, if we are clothed with Christ in Salvation by grace through faith, If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our unrighteousness! We are able to be completely forgiven and washed of all our unrighteousness, making us no longer sinful as we walk in Him and are forgiven by Him! Knowing that one sin in someone’s life, makes the person sinful, is to show that there can be no compromise in the Truth, whether we may truly want it in some cases or not!
We are told this in today’s verse, because as we find a particular person, even a brother or sister of ours teaching, as we were shown yesterday, things which are contrary to the Truth, we cannot withhold our rebuking of such deception. We cannot have ourselves thinking, “Well, it’s just a little bit, it just in this one area, it’ll be okay.” and leave it at that. Truly, sinfulness, wickedness, and deception (deceptive teaching likewise) spreads and proceeds to worsen and worsen in one’s life. As we see in the first verse for today, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” reminds me of how we looked at the verse James 3:11 in past studies and were given the example of a river, or perhaps a cup of water for today. The water does not remain pure, if you add a little saltwater to it. You can add saltwater to the freshwater, in one area, but it will not stay in that area. Rather the water mixes and now you have brackish water, which just as the saltwater itself, cannot be ingested! I am also reminded of a very important truth which we can see in the world. The liar, the evil person, sees evil everywhere and cannot understand nor even realize pure motives when he or she sees them. I see this everywhere at work, People lie so much to protect their jobs, that they believe I too always lie and my actions always have an ulterior motive. The same occurs with the defiled and unbelieving person. With the pure person, everything done is pure. He or she doesn’t always suspect ulterior motives, though he or she is not blind to their presence. And everything done by him or her, is not defiled, as the source is not defiled. Defile the source, and everything else is defiled. Sadly, as said in the first verse, to the defiled, even their mind and conscience is defiled. There is no compromise with the Truth of God. One compromise taints the Truth and makes it a lie.
The second verse for today reminds us of a very important thing regarding those among us who teach things they ought not, subverting whole houses just for filthy lucre’s sake. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” The person’s words may sound godly, the person professes that he or she knows God! However if we watch diligently we find as the Word of God truly says, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16) We are to try every spirit, everything, by the Word of God! This person says he or she is of God, let us see. In works, they deny God, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work, reprobate; Imperfect, Impure, and Rejected! The person’s words may deceive, but their works show they are not walking in the Truth. If they put on a good show in their works even, there is also “disobedient.” The person refuses to submit to God and what our Father says in His Word. Straying from the Word of God, and refusing to be obedient to God . . . truly the person denies God by his or her disobedience! Even then, there is also the fact that the person cannot truly produce the good fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). In every good work they are reprobate. Truly, we know them by their fruit. We know the Truth, and try them against our Final Authority, the Word of God!
Have a very blessed day today, and never forget that you are in my prayers every day. I love you, and pray that God guides you, protects you, and gives you His Wisdom and Knowledge according to His Word! May God greatly bless you in everything you do, and may we in turn bless God by our lives lived for Him!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 135:2-3 “Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.”