A. The first person in the Scriptures you read about being identified as a “just” person was Noah (Genesis 6:9).
- When he was warned of God, he took action (Hebrews 11:7).
- He was spared from the first destruction of the earth (II Peter 2:5).
- As a just man, he saved his family (Genesis 7:1).
- We see this in Christ (John 5:30).
- The just are those who live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
II. Body: Just (Titus 1:8).
A. The word translated “just” in this verse is defined as: “equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): — just, meet, right(-eous)” (Strong’s # 1342). The Greek word appears 81 times and is translated - “righteous” (41x’s), “just” (33x’s), “right” (5x’s), and “meet” (2x’s).
- This term is used to show being just is an action (Romans 2:13).
- This term is translated “righteous” to describe obedient people (Luke 1:5-6).
- This term is translated as “righteous” in a context that reveals such a person is scarcely saved (I Peter 4:17-19).
- In another context wherein this term is translated “righteousness”, we see a just person being a doer of God’s will (I John 3:7-10).
- When the term is translated “right” (Matthew 20:1-16 [vs. 4; 7], Luke 12:57, Acts 4:19, and Ephesians 6:1).
- The term is translated “meet” (Philippians 1:7 and II Peter 1:13).
- We see this in a “certain lawyer” (Luke 10:25-37).
- We see this in Aaron and Saul too (Exodus 32:1-25 and I Samuel 15:1-23).
- To avoid being a self-justifier one must be reminded of how it is even possible for us to be just (Romans 3:24-26 and Titus 3:7).
- A just man will be vexed by the conduct of the wicked (II Peter 2:7-8).
- The Lord’s perspective on the unjust is clear (II Peter 2:9).
- At the same time, his perspective will not be such that he elevates himself above the unjust in some self-righteous manner (Luke 18:9-14).
- This perspective will assure that he will work hard to prevent the local body from being corrupted by unjust members (I Corinthians 5:1-8; cf. Ephesians 5:25-27).
III. Conclusion: When looking for rulers of men, the Lord wants just rulers (II Samuel 23:1-3).
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