Dec 07

I HAVE A PLAN (1)

Some years ago, a book was published which taught that the New Testament reveals that each city was to have one eldership, not each congregation. These elders would oversee all the congregations in the city. Just take Oklahoma City for example and look at all the congregations that are in it. Then, seeing that one group of elders, one might conclude that they would be centrally located; thus, they would be able to reach each congregation on the same level. In fact, one elder could be sent to each congregation, if not all the time, at least some of the time. One might ask, where does such an idea come from in the New Testament? The idea would come from what Paul wrote to Titus: “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee” (Titus 1:5). The key words are, “ordain elders in every city” and not in every congregation!
The idea is missed that the thought of looking at Crete, it was written by Homer, “that the island had a hundred cities” (F. Wagstaff). Understanding that the island was not above fifty miles in breadth, and two hundred and seventy in length. Crete was full of cities! Yet, the idea expressed above, is not without support, writing of Titus in one commentary has, ”to ordain elders in every city, to be bishops over the several churches” (Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible). But I was not able to find others teaching such, nevertheless, my research was done in haste. Coffman wrote in his commentary the following; “This actually means a plurality of elders in every church in each city of Crete, (Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible). Nevertheless, we would be amiss if we failed to notice what Luke wrote of the action of Paul: “And when they had ordained them elders in every church…” (Acts 14:23)
I have a plan that would go something like the following: the largest congregation is Oklahoma City, desiring to grow and in need of money, would send a few members to a small congregation without elders; thus, during a “business” meeting these fellows would bring up the idea, the congregation being so small, that they should sell their building and become members of the larger congregation. The “moved in” folks would then call for a vote and being in the majority, would out vote the brethren who had been there before. This would be done several times; thus, the larger congregation would become larger and larger and have more money when the old building was sold. Stop and think for a moment, what this would do to the cause of Christ! The work of Christ would be removed from each area where the old small congregation was in Oklahoma City where this plan was put into action! But, let us not forget, the small congregations are unable to do much to start with!
Let us look a little closer to the plan, the brethren would continue to meet in the old building, as they waited for it to sell; and the older congregation would become a “settle light” church as they would be under the elders of the larger congregation. This would be done all over Oklahoma City, one congregation at a time! Just how big would this larger congregation become? Well, it is easy to see that they would out grow their building and need a much larger one! Here is how one set of elders could become, in time, over all of Oklahoma City! This larger congregation, which may have “settle light” congregations under their oversight, as in one eldership, would be able to do a lot more work, right? This is really the motivation for such action; more money, more power, but wait, would this newer congregation really do more work authorized by the inspired writers of the New Testament? Seeing how many congregations have turned inward today, in serving themselves, may I strongly suggest that it would not result in more work being done authorized by Christ and his inspired “ambassadors” (2 Cor. 5:20).
In a second article we shall look at this idea as it is now being put into practice in at least one place.

— Frank R. Williams

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Dec 01

YOUR MOUTH, MY WORD (3)

This week we have the last in our three-part series on the subject, “Your mouth, My word.” Sorry for the interruption but it was thought that an article on Thanksgiving was necessary. (Editor)
YOUR MOUTH, MY WORD (3)
In this third article, under the above heading, we shall continue our study from Paul’s pen but God’s words! Recall that each one of Paul’s four phrases are “advantageous” to us, if we are willing to receive God’s “chastenings” (Heb. 12:6) which are not always easy to receive but receive them we must!
The third word is “correction” and is the Greek “epanorthosis” which means: “restoration to an upright or right state.” This gives us a look at a person who is bent over and needs a “straightening up again,” a “rectification” (Strong). It is looking at a person who has gone wrong, spiritually but the word of God has the power to lift him up again. That is, if the God breathed word is received and obeyed.
The fourth word is “instruction” and is the Greek “paideia” which means: “tutorage, that is, education or training; by implication disciplinary correction: – chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.” (Strong). Here Thayer will enlarge our thoughts, as he says: “the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose new commands and admonitions, new reproof and punishment) It also includes the training and care of the body.” But, Paul puts the word “instruction” with the word “righteousness;” thus, the “instruction is in “righteousness” as this is the greatest need and achievement of mankind! Righteousness equals justification and justification equals righteousness! In other words, if a person is “righteous” he is saved and if a person is justified, he is saved! At the same time, if a person is not “righteous” he is not saved and if a person is not “justified” he is not saved!
Let us not forget that each of these four words has before them that little word “for,” which we have learned is a forward-looking word. But, where do we stand spiritually, in relationship to each of Paul’s words? Whatever our state, the inspired word of God “is “profitable” as it looks forward into every area of life’s spiritual need.
Therefore, the apostle of Christ concluded with these words: “that the man of God maybe perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” More information needs to be given about the Greek word from which we get our words, “thoroughly furnished,” these two words come from the one Greek word, “exartizo,” which means: “to complete, finish 1a) to furnish perfectly” (Thayer). The idea here may be expressed this way, the word of God completely fits us for its intended purpose! Not one thing needs to be added to the “All scripture is God breathed words! In fact, if we add to it or take away from it, Paul informed the churches of Galatia, and by them, us: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:6-8). Then, to these words we recall the words of the apostle John: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). If there were any place for additions, or taking away, then, the words of John would not be necessary; they should not even be in the “God breathed” words!
When it comes to our needs in pleasing God, he has given us all, the totality of what will make us “thoroughly furnished unto all good works!” No man, nor angel, has the right to change one word of what Paul writes: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Once more, what is the purpose of “All scripture?” It is: “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Therefore, let each of us ask: “Where do I stand?” Have I made use of all that God has given me? There is so much more that could and needs to be written about the text of these three articles, but one can only write so much in a short space.

Frank R. Williams

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Nov 24

THANKSGIVING 101

This week we are taking an excursion from the ongoing articles on “Your mouth, My words,” to notice “Thanksgiving.” May each of you have had a great “Thanksgiving Day” with family and friends!

THANKSGIVING 101

The subject of “thanksgiving” is one of importance to every Christian and should be to every person! There is no one who has been not be blessed in some way; therefore, each one should be thankful for these blessings! The American “thanksgiving” day has a history and each one of us should be interested in the American “thanksgiving” history. However, there should be a greater interest in the New Testament subject of “thanksgiving!”
First, a brief look at the American story of history. Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, right in the midst of the war between the states! This, if we know our history, seems at first to be a strange time to be thinking about “thanksgiving!” It was Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. However, this was not the beginning of Americans to express their “thanksgiving” to the Almighty Father!
George Washington made a proclamation following a request by Congress in 1789, for such a “Thanksgiving” day. Strangely enough, Thomas Jefferson, chose not to observe the holiday; therefore, there was no continued celebration until the Lincoln proclamation. It was celebration off and on between the dates of 1789 and 1863.
Yet, the idea of “Thanksgiving” goes all the way back to arrival of the Pilgrims in America, the “New World” in October 1621. This means that America has been a nation of “Thanksgiving” from its foundation days. It is said that this first “thanksgiving” was attended by ninety Native Americans and fifty-three Pilgrims. The first celebration lasted three days! We might ask, could we today handle a three day “celebration” of thanksgiving?
It is not the purpose of this article to give a history of “Thanksgiving” in America but to just recall a little attention to it. The purpose of this article is to address a little of what the New Testament says about being thankful.
Look at Paul’s words: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Notice first, that Christians are a “rejoicing” people, as Paul wrote: “Rejoice evermore.” Two little words but they carry a great challenge. We all know, first hand and otherwise, that we have our troubles, our bad times, and our own tragic times. So, we ask: “Does Paul expect us to “rejoice” in such times?” Yes, even in the most tragic moments, the Christian has reason to “rejoice” and this is one thing that separates Christianity from all else! You see, Christianity is based in Christ and there are always reasons that call for “rejoicing!” One thing is that Christians are a praying people; thus, Paul’s “pray without ceasing!” Strong tells us, “uninterruptedly, that is, without omission” but then adds this thought, “(on an appropriate occasion).” Not even Jesus prayed “all” the time, but he certainly did what Paul commands us to do! In our praying, we must follow the words: “In every thing give thanks!” Here is a good time and place to call attention to the word “everything,” in Paul’s command, that it requires us to “in every thing give thanks!” Do we give thanks in the death of a young mother, or father? When the child in such a family, has a father and mother, but one dies, and the one who dies is not a Christian, our we to “give thanks?” No! But we can find reason for giving thanks even in such cases! Think for a moment, what are the reasons to give thanks in such cases? If this young child who has just lost a father, he/she still has a mother and beyond this, the child has a grandfather and grandmother who are Christians and who will help guide the young child in the way of the Lord. Or, do we minimize this most important truth?
It is impossible to cover the many areas of our subject, but this brief article hopefully will give enough to think about! So, it is hoped that you did not just eat the turkey but that you found many reasons for giving thanks to the Almighty God!

Frank R. Williams

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Nov 01

YOUR MOUTH, MY WORD (2)

In this second article under the above words we will be looking at the four phrases which the apostle of Christ wrote. Understanding that each word is God’s breath in the pen of the apostle Paul as it graces the page. It may be necessary for the reader to go back and refresh himself as to what was written in the first article. As there will not be a review of it.
We start with the apostle’s first word in the phrase and it is the Greek word “pro.” One might have expected to learn that Paul had used the Greek word “gar,” which assigns a reason, but he did not! However, we learn that he used the Greek word “pro” which is “a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward” (strong). This little Greek word must be important to the text, as Paul uses it with each phrase that follows. Therefore, as we learn the meaning of each word in the four phrases, we must remember that each is “forward looking!” But what are these four phrases looking at? This will not be explained until we get to verse seventeen.
The apostle will reveal what these inspired words can do. The apostle starts by telling us something that separates God’s word from all other writings; and it is the: “teaching, instruction.” There are books upon books written but not one of them has the ability that God’s word has, it is a teaching that is always profitable, it is always advantageous to the person who studies and learns with the intention of obeying the teaching! Let us here give attention to two passages; the first being Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Now notice that Paul, being guided by the Holy Spirit, starts the next verse with the word “for,” which is the Greek “gar” and is “A primary particle; properly assigning a reason” (Strong). In other words, verse seventeen tells us why verse sixteen is true. So, why is verse sixteen true? Here is verse seventeen: “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” The reason sixteen is true is because within it is “the righteousness of God!” Not that it reveals that God is righteous, but that it is the revelation of God’s means of making man righteous or justified. You can see that the little word “for” is most important to our understanding of the text! This “doctrine” or “teaching” is, as John the apostle wrote, “the teaching of Christ” and it is the means of our fellowship with God the Father and his Son, Jesus the Christ!
Paul’s second word is “reproof” and it comes from the Greek “elegchos” which means: “conviction” and carries with it “evidence” by which the “conviction” is made. It is a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested. The “wiseman” of the Old Testament wrote: “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die” (Pro. 15:10). The Christian is a person who is always subject to “correction!” In fact, as strange as it may sound in our world, the Christian is one who welcomes “correction.” Notice the words of Hebrews: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him” (Heb. 12:5). Now, why is this true, that Christians must not “despise” God’s “chastening?” Once more note that the little three letter word, “for,” as the writer starts the next verse: “For (“For” is the Greek “gar” assigning reason. frw) whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Yes, “the Lord loveth” those he “chasteneth,” and notice the “eth” on the end of the word and this tells us the “chastening” is continuous! So, do you welcome God’s “chastening?” Do you love the Lord’s “reproof?” The answer you give is revealing as to the direction your soul/spirit is going, it is going toward Heaven or Hell. The difference may be found in the word “chasteneth” and how we react to it!
It is hoped that this brief look into only two of Paul’s four phrases, that it has been “advantageous” to you. But, only you and God, can really know the answer to this question!

Frank R. Williams

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Oct 27

YOUR MOUTH, MY WORD (1)

In this first article written under the above heading we will study 2 Timothy 3:16 and in this first article, it will serve only as an introduction to the subject. In the second article we will call attention to the words in verse sixteen. Then, in a third article we will study verse 17 if things go as planned. The reason for these two articles is that more and more people living today are concluding that the Bible is just the work of men. These three articles are not an effort to prove the Bible is the word of God but to show what the apostle Paul said it is! An effort will be made to enlarge the readers thinking of the subject of inspiration and what it is able to do to a willing soul/spirit!
In writing about the inspiration of the Bible, there may not be a clearer declaration of it, than in the words of Jeramiah the prophet, as God had him write: “Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth” (Jer. 1:9). It was the mouth of Jeramiah but the words in his mouth were those of God! Before the mouth of Jeremiah could speak the words of God, God had to breath the words into his mouth! When Jeremiah wrote the words God breathed into his mouth we have inspiration!
This is near the idea of Paul’s words in the New Testament, when he wrote: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, …” The words, “given by inspiration of God” are one word in the Greek text and it is “theopneustos.” Many will see the Greek word for God in the first four letters, “theo,” and when this word stands by itself, it would be translated into the English word “God.” In fact, we do not have to look anywhere else than verse seventeen of our text, to see this truth. As it reads: “that the man of God …” and the word “God” is the Greek “theos.” This means the rest of the Greek word used by Paul is very important to our understanding of the subject. The second part of our word is “pneustos” and it means: “spirit” or breath.” Therefore, what we have in Paul’s word “theopneustos” is “God’s spirit.” or, “God’s breath,” and as we put this into the phrase used by Paul, it would read, “All scripture is God’s breath.” It matters not who had the pen in hand, the words spoken or written were “God’s breath;” as God said to the prophet: “Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.”
Moving to the word “scripture,” which is the Greek “graphe?” and means, “writing” or “the thing written.” Therefore, we have this: “The thing written is God’s breath.” It is much like the words of Jeremiah, “I have put my words in thy mouth.” Or in the case before us, “all writing is given by God’s breath!” This means that the scriptures are authored by God, and that God moved through the personality and abilities of the biblical writers in such a way that what they wrote was without error and was correct in everything that it addressed! This is true, if the subject is historical, if it is a view of the heavens, if it reveals science before there was science, or if it was prophecy which would be fulfilled hundreds of years later; the words were God’s breath in the mouth or in the pen as it graced the page.
The apostle uses the word “for” which we have a tendency to take lightly. For instance, have you ever noticed how many verses in the chapter you are reading start with the word “for?” Just look at Romans chapter six, it is noted that six of the twenty-three verses start with the word “for.” Then, in that great and challenging eighth chapter of Romans, the word “for” starts fourteen of the thirty-nine verses. Each time the word “for” is used in these verses, it is the Greek word “gar,” which is a word that introduces the “reason” the above is true! This information is most helpful in understanding the truth which the apostle writes. Now, it is true that man and not God divided these chapters into verses. In fact, man divided the books into chapters!
However, the apostle did not use the same Greek word in the Roman verses, that he used in 2 Timothy three and verse sixteen. Here Paul used the Greek “pros” in the verse before us in Timothy and it is “a preposition of direction.” Therefore, here is a good place to call attention to the fact that in each of the four phrases, each one has the word “for” at the beginning. The reason for this repetition is to draw the reader to each phrase; to show that each is very important in what he is writing.
With this introduction, we are ready to study the phrases which Paul uses in the text, 2 Timothy chapter three, verse sixteen. It will be written with the hope that our efforts will be beneficial to each reader!

Frank R. Williams

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Oct 20

IT IS EASY TO BECOME DISCOURAGED

As Christians living in today’s world, there are many reasons to become discouraged but at the same time, there are God’s reasons not to become discouraged! Much of this discouragement comes when we are looking in the wrong direction, at the wrong being; recall here the words in the letter to the Hebrews, who were going through a time of great trial: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2). These Christians of the first century, were receiving all kinds of difficulties at the hands of the Jews. At that time, the inspired words came to them: 1) “let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” and 2) “Looking unto Jesus!”
How would these words sound to you, at such a time: “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin?” (Heb. 12:4). The apostle’s words are challenging! Just what was he calling them to do? They had suffered and if not “to blood,” it was so very near it! Here let us examine the words used. First, the word “yet,” which is the Greek, “oupo” and means: “not yet,” and “as yet” (Thayer). The time had not come “as yet” for them to “resist unto blood!” Is this encouraging or discouraging; seeing they had endured so much and seeing what was now ahead of them? Second, we have the word “resist” and it is the Greek “antikathistemi,” this is a term that might be used as two armies set for battle and means: “to set down (troops) against, that is, withstand: – resist” (Strong). To say the least, this word calls for standing like an unmovable strong wall standing against all the powers to knock it down, in their case it included all the evils facing them, which may and more likely will call for their blood! Third, is the word “unto” and this is not the word we see so often but is the Greek “mechr” and means: “1) as far as, until” (Thayer). It is like a promise that they will have to do something, as in more than they have done; and which we learn in the next word. Fourth, is the word “blood,” and is the Greek “aima” and it refers to: “to the seat of life!” In the Old Testament these words are found: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, …” (Lev. 17:11). Therefore, these Hebrew Christians knew that when they read the words, “ye have not yet resisted unto blood,” was another way of saying, that they had not yet given their lives! Fifth, this answers the question, for what were they called to resist? The apostle wrote: “striving against sin.” The word “striving” is the Greek “antagonizomai” and means: “to struggle, fight.” What kind of “fighting” is a Christian allowed to do? Unlike the world, which uses physical weapons, Christians are told, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, …” (Eph. 6:12) and here we recall the words of Jesus to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36). Even though physical weapons were used against Christians they were not to give back as they received. Therefore, as they read the words to them, and as they recall the words of their Lord, their life was not about to get easier! So, demanding in their minds these words must have hit them: “striving against sin” but did you get it? These Christians were told it is not those who heap upon them physical evils, their battle is with; no, their war, is against what, it is “sin!” This is truly a turnaround in their and our thinking! Keep in mind, physical acts may take their and our physical lives, but it is sin that would separate them and us from God!! Their, as it is with our, greatest resistance must be against sin!
What are the inspired words of encouragement? The answer to “sin” and all the temptations that go with it, is: “Looking unto Jesus!” But as they and we, “look unto Jesus,” just what did they and what are we to see: “the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2). Are these encouraging words to you? Don’t miss the words, that our King “is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Nothing on earth can change this truth! It might be said to us, just as it was to these Hebrew Christians: “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin!”
In all our efforts to stand against sin, we have not willingly given our life, “as yet!” On the other hand, Jesus did just that! He resisted all the evils that were thrown at him and yes, finally, he shed his blood not for his sins, but ours! Therefore, the words, “Looking unto Jesus” are not empty words, they are not words that have no meaning; no not to us! For we remember: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8).
Therefore, my brethren, when discouragement stands at the door, open your spiritual eyes and see Jesus, as he is the demonstration of God’s love for us: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). So, who are you looking at? If it is not Jesus it is worthless!

Frank R. Williams

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Oct 11

GOD’S WOMAN (6)

In this, our sixth article on “God’s Woman,” we have reached Paul’s final words in the text under study and they are: “that the word of God be not blasphemed.” The apostle reveals to the reader the reason for all that he has written on the subject at hand. The full text reads: “That they (the “aged women,” frw) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5). This brings us to the word “that,” which is the beginning of the last phase of the text. Why is this word so important to the text?
The word “that,” which introduces the last phrase in the text, is the Greek “hint” and it means: “that, in order that, so that” (Thayer). However, Strong would add to Thayer, this: “in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).” Therefore, all that the apostle has written on the subject before us, has been to reveal the purpose; the reason the qualities have been listed, is for the reason, “that the word of God be not blasphemed.” The Holy Spirit in having Paul write the qualifies, the “aged women” are to have and to teach the “young women,” is for the purpose “that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Keep in mind, when God’s word is “blasphemed,” so is God “blasphemed!”
Just what does this word, “blasphemed,” mean? It is the Greek “blasphemeo,” and Thayer gives: “1) to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme 2) to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at.” Is this anyway you would desire that God and his word, be spoken of? Not if you are a child of God! As it is the word of God that has given the terms by which we become a child of God! Do you want these terms “to be evil spoken of?” Remember what Peter wrote, which was noted in an earlier article in this series, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth …” (1 Pet. 1:22). The “truth” is the word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit! It is the truth of which Jesus said: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Thayer gives us this, as he defines the words “shall make you free:” “1) to make free 2) set at liberty: from the dominion of sin.” Do you, and this is asked of all, not just the “younger women,” have any desire that the word of your freedom from the wages of sin be reviled (Rom. 6:23)?
“God’s woman,” stands out in a crowd of women! Here we may also say, that all Christians stand out in a crowd of their fellows! I know you may have been wondering when the words of Solomon would be used; well, here they are in all their beauty: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (Pro. 31:10-31). In these words, we have “God’s woman” both the “aged” and the “younger” women!
In these six articles, I have tried to in my feeble efforts, to bring before the reader, “God’s woman!” These six articles are my first ever to write on this subject. I trust that they have been an encouragement to my sisters in Christ. Please notice that the “young women” have now become the “aged women” and the circle continues! She is so different from the women of the world! She may even stand out as a “knot on log” to some, but there she stands in her beauty, as the word of God has lifted her up! May the word of God never be blasphemed because of her: “God’s woman,” and because of the action of any of us!

Frank R. Williams

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Oct 05

GOD’S WOMAN (5)

The “young women” are to be taught by the “aged women” “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet,” (Titus 2:4-5) but having studied these points in article number four, we now turn our attention to the following: “chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands” (verse 5). In these words, we get a look at “God’s young woman!”
First, Paul wrote that the “aged women” are to teach the “young women” to be “chaste.” This is sure not a word we hear much these days! The Greek word is “hagnos.” This Greek word, in all its forms, appears about 235 times in the New Testament. So, you are thinking that you have not read this word “chaste” anywhere near 235 times and this is true, that the English word “chaste” does not appear anywhere near 235 times. So, what is the answer? It is that the Greek word is translated into other English words, but it has the basic meaning in each case! This is the case in 1 Peter 1:23: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth …” The word “purified” is the Greek word “hagnizo;” and in 1 Peter 1:16 it is translated into the English word “holy, as in: “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (saith the Lord, frw).” Now you are getting the idea. However, you may be questioning this, as you recall the word “chasteneth” and “chastening” in Hebrews chapter twelve, verses five through eight. In these verses, there is a different Greek word used; therefore, the meaning is different. The basic meaning in each passage is the same, 1 Peter 1:23 and 1 Peter 1;16, has the same word! The basic meaning of “hagios” is “set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred.” In other words, to be “chaste, as used by Paul in our text, is to be set apart for God’s use! Is there a higher calling, than to be “holy,” set apart in service to God?
The second words are “keepers at home,” which is the Greek, “oikouros” and means: “a stayer at home, that is, domestically inclined (a good housekeeper): “keeper at home.” These words fly in the face of the modern woman, but we are not writing about the “modern” woman but “God’s woman!” Yes, we have at least one case of a woman working outside the home in the New Testament; such as Lydia in Acts sixteen, verse fourteen and the Greek word used in this text is “porphuropolis” and means: “a female trader in purple cloth.” Here is a woman who was in the business of “trading in purple cloth!” Nevertheless, may we say that one of the first training, (teaching) that the “aged women” are to give the “young women” is that of “keeper at home.” Please allow me to say once more, American women are not teaching, training, the young women in their charge to be ladies! One of the main objectives of the “feminist movement” is to make our young women, from the cradle to adulthood, into men! “Anything a man can do a woman can do!” Today we have an effort to destroy, to abolish, gender identity! We have more sex changes and young boys thinking they are girls, and young girls who think they are boys! How many families are teaching their young girls to become “keepers at home?” Mothers train your young girls to be “keepers at home!”
Third, the apostle uses the word “good,” the Greek word is “agathos” and it means and here it is necessary that we get the best, the fullest understanding of the word that can be expressed in one short paragraph but give thought to the following. Thayer gives us the following: 1) “of good constitution or nature,” 2) “useful, salutary,” 3) “good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy,” 4) “excellent, distinguished,” and 5) “upright, honourable.” Keep in mind, we are charged by James in these words, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Remember, Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38)!
Fourth, Paul gives us the words “obedient to their own husbands.” Let us, due to space, look at one word, “obedient,” which the Greek “hupotasso” and it means: “to arrange under, to subordinate.” Talk about a word that is so quickly dismissed, looked at in abhorrence, and detestable, this is the word when used with a husband and his wife! Yet, this same apostle wrote these words: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, … For the husband is the head of the wife, …” (Eph. 5:22-23). Let us take this one more step, as the apostle then revealed the manner, yes, the manner of this “obedience,” is “as unto the Lord” (Eph. 5:22). Enough said!
This writer is fully aware that many women (so do men) totally reject the New Testament as a standard, as the authority, that we must live by, but this rejection does not change the truth! “God’s woman” accepts and lives by the words of the apostle Paul, as he was guided by the Holy Spirit as he penned the words.

Frank R. Williams

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Sep 29

GOD’S WOMAN (4)

In this fourth article, about “God’s Woman,” we will study what Paul wrote to Titus about the charge given to the “aged women. Their charge is to teach the “young women!” Paul does not leave the subjects to guesswork, or what might be good, but names them one by one! Here are the subjects Paul pointed out: “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet” these are the subjects taken from Titus chapter two and verse four and the first part of verse five. To say that we do not hear about these subjects much in the modern world is an understatement!
First, Paul gives us the words, “to be sober.” We might hear today someone say: “Are you sober enough to drive home?” However, let us see just what the apostle meant when he wrote these words. He used the Greek word, “sophronizo. Which means: “to make of sound mind.” Please notice that is it an action word, as Strong wrote, “to make.” This implies that the “young women” had not yet reached the state of being “sober.” Thus, they were to be taught by the older women to be sober! Thayer would add to the thought: “restore one to his senses.” This implies that the “younger women” had strayed from the “sober” state and needed to be restored to it. Barnes in his notes on the Bible wrote: “to have their desires and passions well regulated, or under proper control.” It is note worthy that all people should have this quality in their character.
Second, is the charge “to love their husbands.” The Greek word, philandros, and it is most interesting that it appears nowhere else in the New Testament. The words themselves are strange words to the modern world, as we are used to hearing, “I have fallen in love” and many times a marriage follows. However, in the time Paul wrote, Jewish marriages were arranged more often than not. Females were married in early youth, and marriages were usually contracted within the narrow circle of the clan and the family. As a rule, the fathers arranged the match. The girl was consulted, but the “calling of the damsel and inquiring at her mouth” after the conclusion of all negotiations was merely a formality. In the Roman world, “Living together, prenuptial agreements, divorce, religious wedding ceremonies, and legal commitments all had a place in ancient Rome.” However, Rome was different than other Mediterranean people. On the other hand, if you planned to run for office, you could increase your chances of winning by creating a political alliance through the marriage of your children. Thus, after marriage, the females had to learn “to love their husbands!” Nevertheless, in today’s world, proper “love” as defined in the New Testament should be the order of the day!
Third, in our list the “older women” are to teach the “younger women: “to love their children.” It seems strange that such words would ever need to be written but here they are as something that the “older women” are to teach the “young women!” One writer put it this way: “to help and assist them all they can; to seek their honour and interest; to endeavour to please them in all things; to secure peace, harmony, and union; to carry it affectionately to them, and sympathize with them in all afflictions and distresses; …” (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible). It is almost unthinkable thing that any woman, who is with child, should ever have to be taught to love their children but it is a most necessary thing! Mother after mother choose to murder their own child in abortion! Just one more thought here, ““She who loves the root will much more love the fruit” (Chrys.).”
Fourth, Paul used a word that is hardly even heard in today’s world! The word is “To be discreet!” Just what does this unknown word mean? It is the Greek, “sophron, and it means: “of a sound mind, sane, in one’s senses” but Thayer did not stop here; as he continued with: “curbing one’s desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate.” There is no reason to comment any more on these words. Just one last note, the words “to be” are added by the translator.
With these four points we conclude this fourth article. These are the qualities of “God’s woman!” However, let it be said, that every woman should strive to have these qualities, save to “love their own husbands!”
Frank R. Williams

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Sep 22

GOD’S WOMAN (3)

The importance of “God’s woman” in the nature of the family and the church is hard to overlook; yet this importance in some areas is overlooked and in other areas is exaggerated. Just how this deserves attention as we study the apostle Paul’s words on the subject is easy to see. Keep in mind, Paul is not writing about his opinion, or from his own mind but he is guided by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, what Paul writes is the truth, the answer to many questions, and is the final word on the subject.
That Paul’s words do not fit into the “modern” thoughts and teachings of the “modern” woman and man, should not be a surprise to anyone who holds the word of God as sacred and not to be trampled upon! That “modern” men/women have views that go against the inspired word of God is no surprise either, as there is really no difference through the ages! Let us look at the first woman and see what she did. First, that the woman, Eve, understood what the commandment of God was is very clear as it was revealed. Here is what she said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Gen. 3:2-3). So, why did she eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” The answer to this question is most clearly revealed as Moses wrote: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat” (verse 6). But, this is not all she did! No, she as Moses wrote: “gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” This article is not a treatise on the actions of Eve, nor is it a dissertation on the subject, of either the sins which Adam and Eve commented in this event. It is simply to notice that the “wisdom” of the woman is no better, nor is worse than that of mankind today. However, this event has a direct relationship on the future place of the woman as it sets forth in the relationship of the man and the woman! Not that it is a new relationship, as God said of the woman in the first place in the following: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). The woman, yes, God’s woman, was made, as Moses wrote when he used the Hebrew word, “neged,” of which Strong gives, “part opposite; specifically a counterpart.” We have more than likely heard, the old saying, “Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.” (Matthew Henry). This, of course, is not inspired but holds much truth. At least it may be said, if men and women would hold it near their heart, the world would be a better place.
Now notice that the apostle reaches all the way back to the beginning to reveal the place of the man and woman; first, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” And 2) “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1 Tim. 2:12-14). To some these words are read as one might watch a horror movie; they are nevertheless, the truth! The woman and the modern man desire that the roles of man and woman be equal in all areas, but this is just not how God made them! To be co-equal would result in a total war between man and woman! As in, who will get their way today? God’s woman in marriage is set forth by the apostle in these words: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:23-25). In the relationship between the husband and the wife, the inspired word of God does not reveal equals in regard as to who is “the head” in the marriage!
Turning our attention to Paul’s words to Titus about what the “older women” were to do, he wrote: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5). That the home, the family, is the foundation of civil society should not even be the subject of debate, but for some years, part of America, has been dedicated to its destruction. Therefore, God’s woman, both the older woman who has lived it and now in teaching it to the “younger women” as God has instructed her to do; both must arise and devote themselves to be what God desires of them!
There is much power in “God’s woman,” as she is to reveal to the “younger women” her righteousness and as the “young women” teach it to their children! It was God who created the family, the first institution, as he brought the woman to the man!

Frank R. Williams

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