Culture Of The Believer:
Culture of the believer – Apostle Peter in the quotations below suggests to believers to add Godliness to their patience.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
2 Peter 1:7
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”
2 Peter 1:3
Implying, that someone who thinks that the previous attributes are enough should reconsider his stance. This is because it is important he or she add godliness to his character. Godliness here means piety or piousness. This quality is very important in the life of a believer because it showcases who or what he has been made of. Godliness portrays the culture of the believer to the world. I mean how believers live and socialize among people.
The disposition they put on that makes them look distinct in public that one needs not to guess if they are believers or not. Now is important to say this, that no believer wears a signboard or a mark on his or her face. That is to indicate that he or she is a believer but through this character of godliness everyone around will definitely agree that he or she is a believer.
Culture of The Believer Is Godliness:
‘Godliness, involves a believer getting himself or herself into the things of God and participating actively in them. That is, one cannot say he or she is a believer without having the hunger to go all out and preach the Good News and consequently winning souls. This is a function that no meaning believer will allow to elude him or her. It is because participating in winning souls is the height of godliness in the life of every believer.
Also a believer is expected to participate in his local church activities, such as in leadership programs and activities. That’s being a member of the team of choristers and youth and elderly events and activities and every other thing that promotions Christ in the life of believers. It also includes having the urge and hunger to always read the Scripture and feel it in your spirit even as you read it. Godliness is needed from the believer in order to work and deal with the society or public. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians wrote thus and I quote…
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
1 Corinthians 9:27.
The Meaning Of Godliness:
Godliness is making sure that you don’t take from the society. Rather you gave what you have obtained from your base which is in Christ to them. It might take you constraining yourself in avoiding certain things in order to maintain your status as a believer. It means there are certain places you cannot go, just because of who you are in Christ. Somehow, people may think that you are proud or thinking yourself more highly than you ought to think. But the truth is that you cannot descend and is not pride.
There are things you cannot be found eating or taking in just because of who you are in Christ. Godliness therefore, is the nature every believer has obtained from the indwelling Spirit of God residence inside him or her. When a believer portrays Godliness it is normal and natural for him. This is because that is the way he or she has been configured to be. Godliness is the believer’s aura! He doesn’t find himself living that way by his own making and he cannot help it but be that way. Like I said earlier, the Spirit inside has regenerated him and gave him a culture that is very unique and one of these unique cultures is Godliness.
This Culture Is The Product Of The Spirit Of God:
Though this culture is a product of the Spirit of God in the believer, he is not under duress to take or add it to his character, because God does not coerce people. The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer is to bring him to the reality of this culture. Making it known to him that he has been made to be that way, at that point it is left for the believer to yield to the instruction or advice of the Holy Ghost. When he does, he will find himself encapsulated in this character and it begins to manifest in his life voluntarily.
Why We Must Be Godly Or Practice Godliness
- “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” Roman 1:18
- “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” 2Tim 2:2
- “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” 1Tm:4:7
- “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1Tm:4:8
- “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;” 1Tm:6:3
- “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” 1Tm:6:5
- “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1Tm:6:6
- “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1Tm:6:11
- “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2Pe:3:11
The Signs Of Ungodliness:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof from such turn away. “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts”, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”
2 Tim 3:2-8
How To Stay Godly:
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.”
1 Tim 4:13-14
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