kjv@Titus:3:1@ Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
kjv@Titus:3:2@ To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
kjv@Titus:3:3@ For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
kjv@Titus:3:4@ But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
kjv@Titus:3:5@ Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
kjv@Titus:3:6@ Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
kjv@Titus:3:7@ That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
kjv@Titus:3:8@ This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
kjv@Titus:3:9@ But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
kjv@Titus:3:10@ A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
kjv@Titus:3:11@ Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
kjv@Titus:3:12@ When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
kjv@Titus:3:13@ Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
kjv@Titus:3:14@ And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
kjv@Titus:3:15@ All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
The necessity of maintaining good works; all of us. It is not just having an intention to do them, it is not just us studying to know how they might be done, it is us stepping forward into them and adapting within them to get them done. It is not just beginning them, it is us maintaining them for the long run. Notice how many people Paul has involved in his good works. They are part of his, he is part of theirs, we are part of the Lord's; small works, large works, works we don't even know are being done we are striving to be fruitful in. Peter shared a similar vision of being fruitful in the knowledge of Christ kjv@2Peter:1. See also kjv@Romans:12. In fuller context, these works are to be done yet with an eye on reasonable subjection to the civic and legal principalities that govern all.
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