On today's Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers how and why to be a sound and trustworthy Christian and how and why Christians should respond to and speak out against false doctrine.
What you'll hear in this episode
• The character of God and the Christian.
• Four lessons from Titus 2:1-15 on being a trustworthy Christian.
• The meaning and purpose of sound doctrine.
• The warning signs of false doctrine.
• How Christians should respond to and speak out against false doctrine.
• How Christians should rightly handle the Word of God.
Thank you for listening to this episode of Equipping You in Grace.
In his fine commentary on Ezekiel Patrick Fairbairn offers one sentence of explanation on chapter seven because, "This chapter does not contain anything properly new." If Ezekiel 7 is largely repetition, why should we study it? John Calvin offers this answer: God repeats himself, "to stimulate that … sluggishness, under which the people labored." Hard truths need to be repeated. Some realities penetrate our minds the way steady rainfall waters parched earth.
The Israelites living 600 years before Christ did not think it possible for them to fall. The spiritual norm for Jewish people of the time was covenantal presumption. They took comfort in their name instead of in their Savior. Today too people call themselves Christians and so convince themselves that they are safe. We need the repetition of the hard truth of God's judgment.
And Ezekiel 7 does introduce the new idea of finality. Five times he says "the end has come!" The destruction of Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C. represented the changing of an epoch. And it points to a turning point of far grander proportions. In Ezekiel 7 at least four things were ending.
Men need friends. I cannot understate how important it is for men to have true friends--people they can call at 2 am and they will come and bail you out of a crisis.Titus was Paul's friend. Timothy was his mentee (is that a word?) but Titus was his friend. Paul said, Titus was a "true son of the common faith". Men need men in their lives and without friends men become lonely and loneliness leads to boredom and more trouble than a man can count. This session is about what it means to be a friend, as Titus was to Paul.
We continue studying the last two ways this world is evil and thus why we pray especially to be delivered from it in the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "Deliver Us from Evil": 6) It is a deceitful world; and 7) It is a disquieting world.
What we long for says a lot about who we are. Job longed for friendship with God, for dignity, and for glory. Although, in this world, we do not experience these in fullness, they are all promised to the Christian.
We focus on the first half of this Proverb and the matter of true friendship. We will discuss what a true friendship is and, of course, how that Jesus is the best friend of those who are saved by His blood.