Monday, February 01, 2016

[Paul's] {Seneca's} Letter to [Titus] {James}

Chapter 1

1.[Paul] {Seneca}, a servant

[of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith]

of God’s {elect} {spirit}

[and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—
2.a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God who does not lie,]

promised before the beginning of time,

3.and at his appointed season he brought his [word] {spirit} to light

[through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior],

4.To [Titus] {James}, my true [son] {brother}

[in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.]

5.The reason I left you in [Crete] {Rome} was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders [in every town], as I directed you.

6.An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children [believe] {obey} and are not open to the charge of being [wild and] disobedient.

7.Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.

8.Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

9.He must hold firmly to the [trustworthy message] {spirit} as it has been [taught], {proclaimed} so that he can encourage others [by sound doctrine] and refute [those] {THE PRIESTS} who oppose it.

10.For there are many [rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers] {spirits of deceit}, especially those [of the circumcision group] {who ARE priests}.

11.They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

12.Even one of their own [prophets] {kings} has said,
“[Cretans] {All men} are [always] liars [evil brutes, lazy gluttons] .” (PS.116:11)

13.This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be [sound] {pure} in the [faith] {spirit}

14.and will pay no attention to Jewish [myths] {laws}

[or to the commands of those who reject the truth].

15.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.

16.They claim to [know] {understand} God, but by their actions they deny him.
They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.