Living with Opposition
Titus 1:1-5, 10-16
August 11, 2019-07-31
Ø The apostolic office was designed likewise to impart the full knowledge
of the truth which is after godliness.
o Truth is the object — the Word of truth, which comes from Him who
is the God of truth, who is Christ the Truth itself, who is the Spirit of
truth. It was this truth that the apostle preached with all faithfulness and
o Knowledge is the subjective aspect of it, and becomes ours through
o The fruit of this truth is “godliness” It is designed to promote holiness
of life and character. It is impossible that this knowledge can be morally
· THE BASIS OF THIS TRUTH. “In hope of eternal life, which God,
that cannot lie, promised before eternal times.” The ground and condition
of this truth is the hope of eternal life, which is the animating principle at
once of the apostle and of the
Ø The principle of hope. The word occurs fifty-two times in the New
Testament, and is always connected with God, with the Mediator, and with
o Its author is God, who is “the God of hope” (Romans 15:13), who
has given us “a good hope through grace” (II Thessalonians 2:16),
and given us Christ as “our Hope,” even “the Hope of glory.”
o Hope connects us with the future as memory with the past, and is
intended to neutralize the materializing influence of earthly life
around us. Thus, God has given us prophecy and promise to
§ the wants,
§ the longings, and
§ the anticipations of the human soul. (comment yesterday
by a Catholic priest on .......Braum. There is nothing in the
world that can fill the heart of man unto satisfaction, other than God
Himself, our Shield, as Abraham’s, and our Exceeding Great Reward.
CY – August 7, 2019)
Ø The object and sum of Christian hope. “Eternal life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before eternal times.”
Believed in Everywhere (v. 4)
“The common faith.” Amid all diversities there is unity. In this sense we know
that what is called “catholic” (all-embracing) authority rests on what was believed
“always, everywhere, and by all.” Theories of religion vary, but the great facts
and doctrines are the things which cannot be shaken, and still remain. The word
“faith” is sometimes used for that experience of the soul which we call trust,
and as such is an inward reception of Christ and His cross; but it is also used,
and is so used here, as descriptive of the gospel revelation itself.
(So how did faith become believed everywhere in American culture, especially
in the Bible Belt? It took decades, even centuries, for God’s people to spread
out, live their lives as a witness for Him, and share their faith, become a beacon,
and a light in the world, a city set on a hill, so as to saturate society much like
mentioned in Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 11:10; “for the earth shall be filled with
the knowledge (glory in Habakkuk) of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” -
and all this without the aid of modern technology, the Holy Spirit of God
working in His people as they yielded and He saw fit! Now with modern technology
the major television companies, ABC, NBC, and CBS, major Cable Networks,
major newspapers, and now of all things, Google, Facebook, and other wannabees,
with satanic-like distraction and deception, are attempting to wipe out this godly
influence in a generation. (To understand this, one needs to be familiar with
United States History of the last sixty or so years, this could never
have occurred without the United States Supreme Court’s liberal agenda, they
apparently being appointed by more liberal presidents than we thought. The
Founding Fathers meant for change in
branch, which have historically abdicated [failure to fulfill or undertake a duty
or responsibility] their responsibilities, by inaction or stepping aside, and allowing
a minority of Judges on a nine man court [perhaps the deep state has been around
longer than we thought – regardless, Jesus said, “there is nothing covered, that
shall not be revealed, neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever
ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light, and that which ye have
spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” Luke 12:2-3]
to carry out in matters of denying public religious practices, abortion, and among other
things, homosexuality, a minority of rule, much like Thomas Jefferson’s accusation
that the US Constitution in the hands of John Marshall, was a ball of wax to be
manipulated as he thought fit. Remember the words of Jesus – “This generation
shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled” [Matthew 24:34] - this in reference to
the question in – ibid. v. 3. Christ reiterates this in Mark 13:28-31, Luke 21:29-32.
This faith of millions of Americans is being challenged thru misinformation, by the
the attempt to refabricate the past into politically correct acceptance, and foolishly
thinking that they can, as media outlets, daily obliterate God and His people
into non-existence, literally, from the face of the earth! CY – 2019)
This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have
the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety
of evils - a ravaged country - a depopulated city - habitations without safety, and slavery
without hope - our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses* for Hessians, and a
future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and
weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not,
let him suffer it unlamented. December 23, 1776 (by Thomas Paine)
· Bawdy house means a dwelling house where individuals conduct criminal or immoral activities
that are a nuisance to the neighborhood.
· THE APOSTLES DIE, BUT THE FAITH REMAINS. We are not
disciples of Paul, or Barnabas, or Timothy, or Titus, but of Christ. These
apostles did not draw men to themselves, but to Christ. They were, as Paul
declares, “ministers by whom ye believed.” (I Corinthians 3:5) To be in
the true succession is to have the spirit of the apostles, and to hold the
faith of the apostles. So far as the gospel has been perverted by mediaeval
superstition or the earlier traditions of the fathers, it is not the common faith.
(Read Jude 1:1-4 and recommend the whole chapter for insight into the
times. Also II Peter 2:1-25) An inspired revelation of truth enables us in
every age to preserve the common faith. As the philosophic Coleridge said,
“It is evident that John and Paul held Christ to be Divine.” The glorious
gospel of the grace of God is preserved to us intact by the holy Gospels
and the Epistles, and men true to the Bible harmonize in their acceptance of
“the common faith.”
THE LIFE OF THE
AGE. The root must be the same, because the fruit is the same.
Ø First TRUTH and then LIFE!
Ø The cry for forgiveness, and then peace that comes through the cross.
Ø The power of the atonement to crucify selfishness, and to lead men
to live as not their own.
Ø The consciousness of human impotence, and of the might of
the Holy Spirit in the inner man.
All these are inward experiences of life, resulting from a common faith.
Added to these are the experiences which attest life in conduct. We know
the same artist’s touch in the picture, the same sculptor’s hand in the molding
of a figure, the same architect’s design in the buildings; and we know
Christians by the “life hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3), producing
those “fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23) which attest, in their beauty
and their purity, the energy and the sanctity of THE DIVINE LIFE!
It is “the common faith” which gives to Christians, in every land and every
age, the same likeness to their Lord.
Order (v. 5)
· THAT IN EVERY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THERE SHOULD
BE THE MAINTENANCE OF ORDER. “Thou shouldest set in order the
things that are wanting.” “The words,” says Dean Spence, “explain the
cause of Titus’s appointment in
what Paul meant, no doubt, to have done himself, but was prevented by
being hurried away; for him the end was nigh at hand. These ‘things’ were
want of Church officials, lack of Church government, want of cohesion
between the Churches of the island; in a word, there was plenty of
life, but no Christian organization as yet in
number of Christian brotherhoods than one.” “Set in order.” God is the
God of order, as witnessed in the harmonious operations of nature.
Disorder, both in the mental and moral domains, is abnormal and
pernicious; it implies evermore a deviation from the established LAW
OF ALMIGHTY LOVE! A disordered body is diseased, so is a disordered
soul. A disordered family lacks the condition both of peace and prosperity. A
disordered Church, for many reasons, is the greatest of all evils. Confusion
in a Church is a calumny of Christ, and obstructive at once to its peace,
power, prosperity, and usefulness. “Order,” says Southey, “is the sanity of
the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the
state. As the beams to a house, as the bones to the microcosm of man, so is
order to all things.”
· THAT THE MAINTENANCE OF CHURCH ORDER MAY
REQUIRE THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL SUPERINTENDENTS. The
words “elder,” “bishop,” “pastor,” etc., all refer to the same office, and that
office means “superintendent,” or “overseer.” “These presbyters were to be
most carefully selected, according to the instructions Titus must remember
Paul had given him on some previous occasion.” There was to be some one
to overlook all. Such a one is to maintain order, not by legislating but by
loving; not by the assumption of authority, but by a humble devotion to the
SPIRITUAL INTERESTS OF ALL! The ministry of such a man is needed
because of the many elements of discord that exist, even in the best
communities, such as temper, self-will, pride, etc.
· THAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS SHOULD BE MEN OF
DISTINGUISHED EXCELLENCE. “Blameless,” etc. The highest offices
in Church and state should always be filled by the highest characters. The
morally small man, elevated to a high office, is an incongruity and a curse;
and yet HOW COMMON IS SUCH A SIGHT!
Ø Moral serfs on thrones,
Ø moral rogues on the bench,
Ø moral sycophants in the ecclesiastical world!
Here Paul denotes the style of men required to superintend the Church.
“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children
not accused of riot or unruly,” etc. “The expressions,” says Dr. Fairbairn,
“indicate one possessed of that prudence and self-control, that uprightness
of character, that kind, generous, disinterested, gracious disposition, which
were fitted to command the respect and secure the confidence and affection
of a Christian community — one altogether such as might serve for a pattern to
a flock over whom he was appointed to preside, and guide their affairs with
discretion.” (These qualifications of a Christian leader, I wonder if there has
ever been a President in the
live in a secular world [which God did not mean for there to be a difference].
The qualifications of this office are here given in:
Ø A negative form. “Not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine,
no striker, not given to filthy lucre.”
Ø A positive form. “The husband of one wife, having faithful children, a
lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate,
holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught.”
The Sins of the Sect and the Sins of the Tribe (vs. 10-14)
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of
the circumcision,” etc. In the preceding verses Paul stated one purpose for
which he left Titus in
wanting,” and to ordain elders in every city. He recognized at once, not
only the importance of order in the new community, but also the
importance of appointing men who, intellectually and morally, were
qualified for its establishment and continuance., In these verses he gives
Titus directions as to his aggressive
with sin. “For there are many unruly [men] and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who
subvert [overthrow] whole houses, teaching things which they ought not,
for filthy lucre’s sake.” The great work of the gospel minister IS TO DO
Ø in religious sect and
Ø in national character.
· IN RELIGIOUS SECT. “Specially they of the circumcision.” These,
undoubtedly, are Judaizing Christians, men who pretended to be converted
to Christianity, men who sought not only to mingle Judaic elements with
the new religion, but to inculcate (instill by persistent instruction) and
disseminate it in that form. Observe the description of sin as it appeared
in this religious sect — these men of the circumcision. Here is:
Ø Factiousness. “Unruly.” Not only would they not bow to the established
order of the Church, but not to the spirit and principles of the new religion.
They would not yield to the masterhood of Christ, the Author and
Substance of the gospel; they were self-willed. (so are heretics – as
discussed in recent lessons – CY – 2019) They would have a sect of
Ø Ostentation. “Vain talkers.” Vain, not merely in the sense of proud, but
in the sense of emptiness. In truth, as a rule, the emptiest men,
intellectually, are at once the most conceited and talkative. They talk, not
for the edification of others, but for the gratification of themselves. Their
fluency, whilst it:
o wins the admiration of fools,
o deludes the ignorant, and
o disgusts the thoughtful.
Ø Falsehood. “Deceivers.” All merely nominal Christians are deceivers.
They practically misrepresent the doctrines they profess to hold.
Ø Mischievousness. “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert
[overthrow] whole houses.” “The translation should run, ‘seeing they
subvert,’ etc. There was, indeed, grave cause why these men should be put
silence: the mischief they were
incalculable. It was no longer individuals that their poisonous teaching
affected, but they were undermining the faith of whole families. For an
example how Titus and his presbyters were to stop the mouths of these
teachers of what was false, compare Matthew 22:34-46, where the Lord,
by His wise, powerful, yet gentle words, first put the Sadducees to silence,
and then so answered the Pharisees ‘ that neither durst any man from that
day ask him any more questions’” (Dr. Ellicott).
Ø Greed. “Teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
All the speeches they made, all the influence they exerted, sprang from
sordid motives. Sin has a thousand branches and but one root, and that
root is selfishness. How many, in what we call the religious world, are
found teaching things which they ought not, for “filthy lucre’s sake” —
o gratify popular taste,
o agree with popular prejudice, and
o chime in with the popular thought!
All this to fill their pews and to enrich their coffers. Now, these sins which
are discovered, in the religious sect are PREVALENT OUTSIDE ALL
RELIGIONS; but they receive a peculiar color, shape, enormity, and
mischievousness when we find them in the religious realm.
The devil is less hideous amongst his fellows in hell than he is amongst the
sons of God. Hence, to do battle with sin in these religious forms is the
work of a true preacher; and truly, in this age, and here in
o factiousness building up sects, and little sects within sects;
o ostentation — vain speaking, braggardism, sometimes cooing
and sometimes bawling, everywhere (I see a lot of this in the
Senate of the
CY – 2019);
o falsehood — rogues robing themselves in the garb of sainthood,
wolves in sheep’s clothing;
o mischievousness — by their empty words and pernicious
example subverting “whole houses,” filling the domestic air with
poisonous cant (hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a
moral, religious, or political nature).
o greed — the gospel itself made a trade, and vested interests created in
connection with doctrines and doings antagonistic to the life and spirit
of Him whom they call Master. Ah me! conventional (contemporary)
religion is a calumny on the religion of Christ. Never was a Luther
wanted in Christendom more than now. He is wanted to substitute
the pure gospel of Christ for the denominationalized gospel.
· IN NATIONAL CHARACTER. “One of themselves, even a prophet of
their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies [idle
gluttons].” There are three sins mentioned here which seem to have
prevailed amongst the Cretans as a race.
Ø Lying. “The Cretans are always liars.” Who made this charge against the
Cretans? Paul says, “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own.”
The quotation is from a poem on ‘Oracles,’ by Epimenides, of Phoestus,
who flourished B.C. 600, lived to the age of a hundred and fifty, and was
supposed to have been a sleeper in a cave for fifty-seven years. He appears
to have deserved the title prophet in the fullest sense. Plato speaks of him
as a Divine man. The Cretans were characterized by the sin of lying —
“always liars.” This expression was quoted by Callimachus in his ‘ Hymn
to Zeus,’ and well known in antiquity. “The very word ‘to Cretize’
(Kretizein), or to play the part of a Cretan, was invented as a word
synonymous with ‘to deceive,’ ‘to utter a lie (For the last month or so
I have been trying to emphasize the connection of the Anti-Christ with
Satan and his deception of humanity in our present culture and world!
CY – 2019), ‘just as Corinthiazein,* ‘to play the part of a Corinthian,’
signified ‘to commit a still darker moral
offence.’ Some writers suggest that this despicable vice of lying was
received as a bequest from the early Phoenician colonists.”
* the verb Corinthiazein= to live as the Corinthians, had become
proverbial, as early as the time of Aristophanes (Frag. 133), for a
of profligacy. The harlot priestesses of the
gave a kind of consecration to the deep dyed impurity of
corinthiazein "to act like a Corinthian" meant to be immoral. Kore Korinthe, literally, "Corinthian girl,"
meant a prostitute. The
to have had 1000 hierodules, sacred prostitutes. Its position on the isthmus, astride east-west traffic,
meant many sailors would be there, which did not help the moral tone.
Ø Sensuality. “Evil beasts.” Not only liars, but gross and sensual, living in
animalism and for it. All men may be called “beasts” who attend to their
animal appetites as means of gratification rather than of relief. He who
seeks happiness from his senses rather than from his soul is a beast;
he who seeks it from without rather than from within is not better than
a beast. (II Peter 2:12-14)
Ø Gluttony. “Slow bellies [idle gluttons].” Their gluttony made them dull,
heavy, and lazy. Such are what may be called tribal or national sins.
They were not confined to the Cretans, but for them the Cretans were
These are national. But are these sins extinct in
impregnated with falsehood. (Little wonder of the use of this terminology
since so much is made of sex! - CY – 2019) Have we no sensuality and
gluttony? Yes, alas! tens of thousands are every day pampering
themselves with luxuries, while millions are being starved to death.
Here, then, are common sins with which the preacher has to do battle.
He has to “rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.”
· CONCLUSION. A true preacher, then, has no easy task. He has to wage
fierce battle with the sins that are around him — the sins of the sect and.
the sins of the tribe. He is not to pander to men’s tastes, nor to battle with
mere opinions and theories, but with sins; he must “resist unto blood,
striving against sin.” (Hebrews 12:4). “For this purpose the Son of God
was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (I John 3:8)
The Supreme Importance of Moral Character (vs. 15-16)
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving
is nothing pure,” etc. We notice, at the outset, two facts suggested by the passage.
1. That there is an essential difference in the moral characters of men.
There are some “pure” and some “defiled,” some holy and some unholy.
What is the underlying inspiring principle that makes this difference? The
predominant disposition. Perhaps there is no moral being in the universe
who is not under the masterhood of some one sentiment or passion, to
which can be traced, as to a mainspring, all the motions of his being. This
controling tendency is the moral monarch of souls, or, in Scripture
language, is the moral “heart of the man.” This supreme disposition exists
in all men in two distinct and opposite forms, either:
a. in sympathy with the true, the right, and the spiritual, or
b. in sympathy with the false, the wrong, and the material.
That soul alone is pure whose governing sympathy is God and the true. Supreme
love for the supremely good is the true life of the soul, and the fountain of all its
virtues. He whose controlling sympathies run not thus, is impure and corrupt.
2. That the outward world is to men according to this difference. The
whole external universe is to a man according to the moral state of his soul.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Poverbs 232:7) - so is he in relation
to himself, to all without, and to God. This being so, the text teaches the supreme
importance of moral character. Let us look at —
· THE MORALLY PURE IN RELATION TO ALL THINGS. “Unto the
pure all things are pure.” This is true in relation to three things.
Ø In relation to appearance. The proverb goes that the greatest rogues are
ever the most suspicious. A thoroughly selfish, ungodly soul will see but
little good even in the best men. It is a law that man judges his fellow by
himself, and the more corrupt a man is, the more severe his judgment on
others. A good man is neither given to suspicion nor censoriousness; he
sees some good in all men.
Ø In relation to influence. The influence of all outward things upon men is
dependent on their moral character. Our Lord says, “Not that which goeth
into the mouth defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth
defileth a man.” (Matthew 15:11) The moral character is an all-
transformative power in the center of man’s being. It turns the unclean
into the clean, and the reverse. A good man, like the bee, can extract honey
from the bitterest plant; or, like the AEolian harp, can turn the shrieking
wind into music.
Ø In relation to appropriation. As the body lives by appropriating the
outward, so does the soul; and as the effects of the appropriation, whether
universal or otherwise, depend on the condition of the body’s health, as the
appropriation of a diseased body only increases the physical ailment; so
with the soul. A corrupt soul appropriates, even from the most
strengthening and refreshing means of spiritual improvement, that which
weakens and destroys. Pharaoh and his host got moral mischief out of the
ministry of Moses; and the men of
and darker hell through the elevating and enlightening ministry of Jesus of-
· THE MORALLY DEFILED IN RELATION TO ALL THINGS.
“Unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their
mind and conscience is defiled.” Here is the converse. Mark, in passing,
Ø The sphere of the defilement. “The mind and conscience.” “The mind,”
says a modern expositor, “is the willing as well as the thinking part of man,
as it has been well defined the human spirit (pneuma) in one of its aspects,
not simply quatenus cogitat, et intelligit, but also quatenus vult.
Defilement of this mind (νοῦς - nous) means that the thoughts, wishes,
purposes, activities, are all stained and debased. The second of these,
the conscience (συνείδησις - suneidaesis), is the moral consciousness
within, and that which is ever bringing up the memory of the past, with
its omissions and commissions, its errors, its cruel, heartless unkindness,
its selfish disregard of others. When this is defiled, then this last
safeguard of the soul is broken down. The man and woman of the
defiled conscience is self-satisfied, hard, impenitent to the last. Every part
and faculty of the soul is stained with sin. The body may be cleansed by
ceremonial ablutions, and the external manners and speech kept pure by
culture and civilization, but the soul be black; the outside of the “cup and
of the platter clean,” but inside full of corruption. (Matthew 23:25;
Ø The cause of the defilement. “They profess that they know God, but in
works they deny Him.” There is nothing, perhaps, so morally defiling to the
soul as religious hypocrisy. The man who with the lip professes to know
God, and who in the life denies Him, gets deeper stains upon his soul than
the agnostic who professes that he knows nothing about Him. What
millions in our churches every Sunday publicly, at each service, avow with
their lip their belief in God, but in their week-day life “he is not in all their
thoughts”! (Psalm 10:4) Thus souls get deeply dyed in corruption in
Ø The hideousness of the defilement. “Being abominable and disobedient,
and unto every good work reprobate.” However fair their conduct in the
religious observances, they are “abominable” within, hideous TO THE
EYE OF GOD! However rigorous in their observances and religious
ordinances, they are “disobedient” in heart, they outrage moral laws;
however useful they regard themselves and appear to others, they are
“reprobate,” they are rejected and worthless. These “defiled” in soul
defile everything without; all outward things in their appearance, influences,
and appropriation are to them corrupt.
· CONCLUSION. Mark:
Ø The natural sovereignty of the human soul. We are not necessarily the
creatures of the outward; we have within the power:
o to bend circumstances to our will,
o to get good out of evil,
o to turn:
§ outward dissonance into music,
§ deformity into beauty,
§ poison into nourishment.
Let us adore our Maker for this wonderful endowment — an endowment
o guards us from the coercion of outward forces,
o secures to us an inward freedom of action, and
o enables us to put all outward things in subjection to our
own spiritual selves.
Ø The dependency of the soul’s destiny on itself. A man’s destiny depends
upon his moral character, and his character depends upon himself. As food,
however nutritious, cannot administer strength to a man’s body without the
digestive and appropriative power, so no external influences, however
good and useful in themselves, can raise a man’s soul without the right
action of its faculties. Man cannot be made good. His body may be borne
to the summit of a lofty mountain without the use of his limbs, but if his
soul is to ascend “the holy hill of the Lord” (Psalm 24:3), he must climb
it every inch himself. Fortune or patronage may raise him to some eminent
social position, but he cannot reach a single stage of moral dignity —
the true dignity of man — apart from his own earnest endeavors. The
transformative power of the soul is to external circumstances what the
builder is to the materials out of which he rears his edifice. The choicest
materials may be brought together — gold, marble, and cedar — but unless
the builder use them with artistic skill they will never take the form of a
beautiful structure. So the providence of God may gather around man all
the facilities and elements for the raising of a noble character, but unless he
use them with his own spiritual hand, he will never produce such a
Ø The grand end of true teaching. What is that? The supreme importance
of every man obtaining a true moral character. “Marvel not that I said unto
thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7) In moral goodness of soul alone,
can we find our way safely and happily through this life. We live in a world
of evil. We cannot escape its sinful influence by endeavoring, like the
anchorite (religious recluse), to avoid its touch. Whilst no man should
put himself in the way of temptation, no man should be afraid to confront
evil, to go into its most malarial regions if duty call. In truth, if man’s well-
being depended upon escaping outward evil, it could never be realized,
because to live in the world he is bound to live in its midst, and evil must
stream into him every day. How, then, is he to reach a blessed destiny? Not
merely by endeavoring to frame his life according to the outward rules of
morality and religion, but by a right use of his own spiritual powers. There
is a power in the body, when in a healthy state, to appropriate whatever
goes into it from external nature that is wholesome and necessary, and to
expel that which is noxious and superfluous. The soul has a power
analogous to this; a power to appropriate the wholesome and to expel the
injurious. This power we call the transformative. Let us use it rightly —
use it as Noah did, who, amidst the blasphemy and ridicule of a corrupt
generation, walked with God, and fulfilled a noble destiny (be aware
that in the last days it will be like the days of Noah [Matthew 24:37-39;
17:26-27] – CY - 2019); as Paul used it at
this testimony: “All things work together for good to them that love God.”
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