Posted by: Ety W. | May 9, 2008

Teaching What is Good

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Last time, we looked at some of the modern day ideas about the word “good.” This time, let’s look at what the Bible means when Paul tells Titus that older women are to be “teaching what is good” in Titus 2:3.

Teaching what is good – Strong’s 2567 – καλοδιδασκαλος – kalodidaskalos = a teacher of the right, a teacher of good things. From kalos (2570), good, and didaskalos (1320), teacher. Used only in Titus 2:3.

From Strong’s definition alone, we can see that it doesn’t mean teaching what is pleasing and likable, it is teaching what is right. Of course, like the word “good,” “right and wrong” have also fallen victim to postmodern relativism, so we can’t look around us to find the correct definition. We need to do a word study.

Good – Strong’s 2570 – καλος – kalos = “Constitutionally good without necessarily being benevolent; expresses beauty as a harmonious completeness, balance, proportion.”1

In other words, biblical goodness is an inner quality rather than an outward display. This brings to mind the first chapter of Genesis, where God looked at the things He created and declared them good. Creation was good because everything was in perfect balance and complete harmony.

Titus 2:3 then, is telling us that spiritually mature women are to teach younger women to be good, not just to do good. But how does one teach that? If it was a matter of simply teaching others to do good, then all we’d have to do is give them a list of do’s and don’t’s. But, as Paul explained to Timothy,

… the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

Why? Because it is possible to do the right things with the wrong motives. How do we know the difference? Because wrong motives always factor in Self. If our motive includes the benefit or convenience of Self, then it isn’t pure. It isn’t kalos.

But again, how does one teach this to others? The only way I know of is to take them to God’ word and let it speak to their hearts and renew their minds (Rom. 12:2).

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

This is why it is imperative to study the Bible itself, rather than rely solely on study guides and devotionals. While we might agree with what others have to say, it is only God’s Word which has the power to transform and renew our hearts and minds.Co

I think what we’re seeing then, is that women who aspire to leadership must have a personal knowledge of the Scriptures in order to teach them to others. It is a worthy goal, but one which we must not take lightly. My prayer is that each one of us will take this to heart and study diligently, that we might accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:14).Content copyright 2008 by If you find it anywhere else, it’s been stolen.
1 Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, 1992), p.814

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