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December 3 - Evening

"To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted."

- Titus 1:15

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Ritual or Reality? Corrupt or Pure?    

The “pure” that Paul is referring to in his letter to Titus are believers who have been saved by faith in Jesus and are sound in doctrine. These are the people who are pure and can rightly discern the good and evil. But, those who have rejected the truth of salvation by faith in Christ and who have replaced the teaching of the Word of Truth with “Jewish myths” or “human commands” (Titus 1:14) are still corrupt  in sin, so to them everything remains impure. 

“To those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” – Titus 1:15

Jesus said something similar in Matthew 15;10-11 and Mark 7:14-19 and Luke 11:37-41.

It appears the believers on the isle of Crete were focused on ceremonial practices and ritual
cleansing used to obtain favor, forgiveness and fellowship with God. None of these made any difference. These people had rejected the truth of the Word  and salvation through Jesus Christ,
and instead had continued in purity observances which made no change in them. They remained corrupt and everything they did was corrupt.

Paul is not saying that there is nothing sinful for the Christian or that there are no morals that believers are expected to follow. Clearly there is evil and there is sin that must be avoided. But, ceremonial purity and ritual cleansing have zero impact on unbelievers to make them pure in God’s eyes and zero restoring value for the believer who is seeking restoration to fellowship with God.

If people are still trusting in rituals and ceremonies, then they really do not understand truth, they have no faith, and they have not been transformed. Thus, they are still corrupt. The believer who is pure should not allow these corrupt individuals define what constitutes the state of purity since
they themselves do not know.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The first negative judgment we find in Holy Writ is a judgment on loneliness.
God said, 'It is not good for man to be alone.' ”

- R.C. Sproul
Something to Ponder??

Papias, a disciple of the Apostle John, wrote around 120 AD that he would ask the men who traveled with the Apostles questions when they came to visit:

"If, then, anyone who had attended on the elders came,
I asked them in detail what was said by the apostles. What did Andrew or Peter say? Or what was said by Philip, Thomas, or James?"

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Hegeomai (Gr) - Count (Eng) - hegeomai is Greek word that means literally "to lead on or forward," "to be a leader." Paul uses it in a metaphor to say "lead out before the mind" which means
to think about something in order to cosider its value, its importance or its proper place.
It is used also in Hebrews 11:25-26 and Hebrews 10:29 as "consider" or "esteem."
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