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Integrity

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Meaning

wholeness, soundness, moral soundness or purity, incorruptness, uprightness, honesty, genuine, unadulterated

ἀφθορία, ας f: the quality of integrity as an expression of moral soundness

תֹּם (tōm): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str 8537; TWOT 2522a—1. LN 88.1–88.11 blamelessness, integrity, innocence, i.e., a state or condition of moral goodness in a life, with a focus of not having guilt or sin

The tr of tōm, “simplicity,” “soundness,” “completeness,” rendered also “upright,” “perfection.” Its original sense appears in the phrase letōm (1 K 22:34; 2 Ch 18:33), “A certain man drew his bow at a venture,” m “Heb, in his simplicity” (cf 2 S 15:11, “in their simplicity”). It is trd “integrity” (Gen 20:5, 6; 1 K 9:4; Ps 7:8; 25:21; 26:1, 11; 41:12; 78:72; Prov 19:1; 20:7), in all which places it seems to carry the meaning of simplicity, or sincerity of heart and intention, truthfulness, uprightness. In the pl. (tummīm) it is one of the words on the breastplate of the high priest (Ex 28:30; Dt 33:8; Ezr 2:63; Neh 7:65), one of the sacred lots, indicating, perhaps, “innocence” or “integrity” (LXX alḗtheia). See URIM AND THUMMIM. Another word trd “integrity” is tummāh, from tāmam, “to complete,” “be upright,” “perfect,” only in Job 2:3, 9; 27:5; 31:6; Prov 11:3.

The word “integrity” does not occur in the NT, but its equivalents may be seen in “sincerity,” “truth,” the “pure heart,” the “single eye,” etc. In the above sense of simplicity of intention it is equivalent to being honest, sincere, genuine, and is fundamental to true character.

Instances of Integrity

Are we any of these things without God? In our former state of slavery to our sinful nature, we could never obtain true wholeness, soundness, moral purity, etc.
This is why you must be careful even when you look up words. A quick search for integrity on google will give you the world’s version of integrity, a humanistic approach devoid of God that is subjective.
Wikipedia
Integrity is the qualifications of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

Instances of Integrity in the Bible

Instances of: Pharaoh, when he learned that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, Gen. 12:18. Abimelech, when warned of God that the woman he had taken into his household was Abraham’s wife, Gen. 26:9–11. Jacob, in the care of Laban’s property, Gen. 31:39. Joseph, in resisting Potiphar’s wife, Gen. 39:8–12; innocent of the charge on which he was cast into the dungeon, Gen. 40:15. Jacob’s sons, when accused by Joseph of robbery, Gen. 43:15–22; 44:7–16. The Egyptian midwives, when commanded to destroy the newborn babies of the Israelites, Ex. 1:17–21. Moses, in taking nothing from the Israelites in consideration of his services, Num. 16:15. Samuel, in exacting nothing from the people on account of services, 1 Sam. 12:4. David, in self-reproach for the cutting of Saul’s skirt, 1 Sam. 24:5; in preventing foraging by his insurgent forces, 1 Sam. 25:15; in his conduct while in refuge with the Philistines, 1 Sam. 29:6, 9, with vs. 1–11. Workmen, who repaired the temple, 2 Kin. 12:15; 22:7. Joab, when ordered by David to number the military forces of Israel, 1 Chr. 21:6. Priests, who received the offerings of gold and other gifts for the renewing of the temple under Ezra, Ezra 8:24–30. Nehemiah, reforming the civil service, and receiving no compensation for his own services, Neh. 5:14–19. The Rechabites, in keeping the Nazarite vows, Jer. 35:12–17. Daniel, in his abstinence, Dan. 1:8–20; in maintaining uprightness of character and consistent devoutness, Dan. 6:4. Joseph, the husband of Mary, in not jealously accusing her of immorality, Matt. 1:19. Zacchaeus, in the administration of his wealth, Luke 19:8. Nathanael, in whom was no guile, John 1:47. Joseph, a counselor, Luke 23:50, 51. Peter, when offered money by Simon Magus, Acts 8:18–23. Paul and Barnabas, when the people of Lystra desired to deify them, Acts 14:12–15.

Titus

These are all great examples, but the greek word that can be translated integrity actually shows up in Paul’s letter to Titus. In fact, the entire letter to Titus is Paul’s explanation of an upright leader. So, I thought that you guys, as leaders might be interested in what Paul has to say to his young bishop on the island of Crete.
Paul starts his letter with a reminder that he is an apostle for the sake of God’s elect, that their faith would accord with godliness.
In 1:8-16, Paul lays out his qualifications for leaders.
Must Not Be
Verse 6, 7: Above reproach

express to (someone) one’s disapproval of or disappointment in their actions

Verse 6: not open to charge of debauchery or insubordination

excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs

defiant of authority; disobedient

Verse 7: must not be arrogant, quick-tempered, violent or greedy for gain

having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities

easily angered

Must Be
Verse 8: hospitable, lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, disciplined

friendly and welcoming to visitors or guests.

2 (of an environment) pleasant and favourable for living in

Verse 9: hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it

Living in Integrity

You’re not going to live in integrity because we tell you to. You won’t even do it because you see someone else doing so and want to do so yourself. You can only live in integrity in the grace of God.

Let us therefore pursue truth, and not be as if we were on the stage and acting a part. For of what advantage is it, tell me, to be gazed at by a multitude? It is vainglory, and nothing else. For return to thy house, and solitude, and immediately all is gone. Thou hast gone to the market-place, thou hast turned upon thee the eyes of all present. What hast thou gained? Nothing. It vanished, and passed away like dissolving smoke. Do we then love things thus unsubstantial? How unreasonable is this! what madness! To one thing only let us look, to the never seek the praise of men; but if it falls to us, we shall despise, deride, and reject it. We shall be affected as those who desire gold, but receive clay. Let not any one praise thee, for it profits nothing; and if he blame thee, it harms thee not. But with God praise and blame are attended with real gain and loss, whilst all is vain that proceeds from men. And herein we are made like unto God, that He needs not glory from men. “I receive not” said Christ, “honor from men.” (John 5:41.) Is this then a light thing, tell me? When thou art unwilling to despise glory, say, “By despising it, I shall resemble God,” and immediately thou wilt despise it. But it is impossible that the slave of glory should not be a slave to all, more servile than slaves in reality. For we do not impose upon our slaves such tasks, as glory exacts from her captives. Base and shameful are the things she makes them say, and do, and suffer, and when she sees them obedient, she is the more urgent in her commands.

Let us fly then, I entreat you, let us fly from this slavery. But how shall we be able? If we think seriously of what is in this world, if we observe that things present are a dream, a shadow, and nothing better; we shall easily overcome this desire, and neither in little nor in great things shall be led captive by it.

Let us therefore pursue truth, and not be as if we were on the stage and acting a part. For of what advantage is it, tell me, to be gazed at by a multitude? It is vainglory, and nothing else. For return to thy house, and solitude, and immediately all is gone. Thou hast gone to the market-place, thou hast turned upon thee the eyes of all present. What hast thou gained? Nothing. It vanished, and passed away like dissolving smoke.

But with God praise and blame are attended with real gain and loss, whilst all is vain that proceeds from men. And herein we are made like unto God, that He needs not glory from men. “I receive not” said Christ, “honor from men.” (John 5:41.) Is this then a light thing, tell me? When thou art unwilling to despise glory, say, “By despising it, I shall resemble God,” and immediately thou wilt despise it. But it is impossible that the slave of glory should not be a slave to all, more servile than slaves in reality. For we do not impose upon our slaves such tasks, as glory exacts from her captives. Base and shameful are the things she makes them say, and do, and suffer, and when she sees them obedient, she is the more urgent in her commands.

So we must remember eternity but there is yet another thing we must do to live in integrity. We must daily look upon the cross and see Christ crucified.

Let us fly then, I entreat you, let us fly from this slavery. But how shall we be able? If we think seriously of what is in this world, if we observe that things present are a dream, a shadow, and nothing better; we shall easily overcome this desire, and neither in little nor in great things shall be led captive by it

So we must remember eternity but there is yet another thing we must do to live in integrity. We must daily look upon the cross and see Christ crucified.

but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We must do this because our salvation is based upon the result of this moment. Our moral purity is the outcome of Jesus’ death.
When we daily meditate on what actually happened at the cross, we lose sight of our self-centered mentality. Jesus truly paid it all as the old song says…but what did He pay and why? When we dwell on the answers, we are forced to live in awe of God.
As Christians, we all instinctively know that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. But we often forget that He didn’t have to. Instead He chose to do this in accordance with the Father’s will.

everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

Revelation 13:8

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

John 10 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.
God is perfectly righteous and thus sin cannot be atoned for without a sacrifice. This, of course, is what the old testament sacrificial system was all about. But these animal sacrifices only temporarily atoned for mankind’s universal and habitual problem, sin nature.
Therefore a perfect sacrifice had to be made for us to be reconciled to God.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5

22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

Luke 22

20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1 Peter

If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

And in this we see the whole picture. Jesus came to redeem those whom the Father had given Him before the foundation of the world, because without His sacrifice they would not be justified. This, we could meditate on for decades and never exhaust the depths of God’s love.

Why This Message?

For some of you, this is a commendation. Like Paul to Titus, we are telling you what you already know so that you can be able to better live it and teach others.
For some of you, this is a warning. Like Paul to the Corinthians, you are still living on spiritual milk. Though you are made whole in Christ, you are not living in integrity. You are easily compromised and fall short of Paul’s qualifications in Titus.
For some of you, this is a condemnation. Though you are a Christian, your actions and lifestyle don’t show it. Whether it’s insubordination, arrogant, quick-tempered, violent or greedy for gain, there is reproach.
We are down to our final week and we want to keep the same goal of sharing Christ with the campers and counselors that come through. We can’t do that without integrity in our staff and volunteers.
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