Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/19/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 576: The Value of Godliness
1 Tim.4:8 while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
The whole Bible is a book about godliness, filled with commands (do this, don’t do that) and examples of godly and ungodly people. God is very clear in His Word about which character traits have value, and which traits are worthless.
Paul began his letter to Titus by summarizing the work that God had given Paul:
Titus 1:1 NIV Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness
Later in the same letter, Paul described the assignment that God has given all believers until Christ returns:
Titus 2:11-13 the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.