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Godliness

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Reverence for or devotion to God, producing a practical awareness of God in every aspect of life.

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Examples of godliness in the OT

Enoch; Noah; Obadiah; Hezekiah; Job

Examples of godliness in the NT

Simeon; Anna; Nathanael

Jesus Christ:

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Cornelius and his family:

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Barnabas; Ananias

God has a special concern for the godly

“the godly” (sometimes translated “the saints”) is often used in the OT to refer to God’s people.
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Godly living

Godliness should be seen in the lives of believers

2 Peter 3:11 NASB95
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
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Jesus Christ is the beginning and end of godliness

The model and the power for godly living derives from the incarnate Christ.
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The basis for godly living is true teaching about Jesus Christ

1 Timothy 6:3–4 NASB95
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
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Godly living demands self-discipline

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Sorrow for sin is a sign of godliness

2 Corinthians 7:10–11 NASB95
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter.

The benefits of godliness

Its value in both this world and the next

1 Timothy 4:8 NASB95
for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Its present blessings

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The promise of future blessing

Titus 2:11–13 NASB95
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
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Godliness does not guarantee escape from suffering

Psalm 12:1 NASB95
Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.
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Apparent godliness may not be genuine

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