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1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

 


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Matthew Henry's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 Bible commentary...



The qualifications and behaviour of gospel bishops. (1-7) And of deacons and their wives. (8-13) The reason of writing about these, and other church affairs. (14-16)1-7 If a man desired the pastoral office, and from love to Christ, and the souls of men, was ready to deny himself, and undergo hardships by devoting himself to that service, he sought to be employed in a good work, and his desire should be approved, provided he was qualified for the office. A minister must give as little occasion for blame as can be, lest he bring reproach upon his office. He must be sober, temperate, moderate in all his actions, and in the use of all creature-comforts. Sobriety and watchfulness are put together in Scripture, they assist one the other. The families of ministers ought to be examples of good to all other families. We should take heed of pride; it is a sin that turned angels into devils. He must be of good repute among his neighbours, and under no reproach from his former life. To encourage all faithful ministers, we have Christ's gracious word of promise, Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world, #Mt 28:20|. And he will fit his ministers for their work, and carry them through difficulties with comfort, and reward their faithfulness.

8-13 The deacons were at first appointed to distribute the charity of the church, and to manage its concerns, yet pastors and evangelists were among them. The deacons had a great trust reposed in them. They must be grave, serious, prudent men. It is not fit that public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are found fit for the business with which they are to be trusted. All who are related to ministers, must take great care to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ.

14-16 The church is the house of God; he dwells there. The church holds forth the Scripture and the doctrine of Christ, as a pillar holds forth a proclamation. When a church ceases to be the pillar and ground of truth, we may and ought to forsake her; for our regard to truth should be first and greatest. The mystery of godliness is Christ. He is God, who was made flesh, and was manifest in the flesh. God was pleased to manifest himself to man, by his own Son taking the nature of man. Though reproached as a sinner, and put to death as a malefactor, Christ was raised again by the Spirit, and so was justified from all the false charges with which he was loaded. Angels ministered to him, for he is the Lord of angels. The Gentiles welcomed the gospel which the Jews rejected. Let us remember that God was manifest in the flesh, to take away our sins, to redeem us from all iniquity, and to purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These doctrines must be shown forth by the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.

 


Recent Comments for 1 Timothy Chapter 3...

 


Darwina's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 3/30/2014, 11:00am...

the deacon and paster of the Church need to be held to a high standard but if his first wife dies and he wishes to remarred then he is still in the will of god

 


Pauline Kanini's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 3/07/2014, 8:03am...

I d wish all servants of God would live according to this Scripture The church would grow to great heights and avoid the tainting of the body of christ happening of late especially in my country

 


Josephine Wilkins's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 2/24/2014, 7:50am...

In my opinion as stated in the word a Bishop should live a life of example which reflects on the word of God and his office

 


Dennis Johnson's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 2/03/2014, 8:26am...

how can you rule the house of God when your life in or outside of the church is Mess.The word is directing you to the home and Marriage and your Kids to be raised in the nurturing of the lord not lifted up in pride or double tongue and you should be serious at all times as a True Solider in the Lord

 


Jimi Vicencio's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 1/29/2014, 10:31am...

Absolutely, God in flesh!!!

 


Timothy Wayne George's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 1/27/2014, 10:02am...

The scripture is clear that if a man cannot manage his own family, he is not to manage the Household of Faith. The Lord will forgive a divorced person, but ministry is not for him. A support group for overcoming divorce is better, where you can share your experience with others who have divorced, and grow in your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 


Leonard Dale's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 2 on 1/25/2014, 8:21am...

What if a man is married and gets a divorce is he ok for ministry. Also if an man gets a divorce and remarries than the lord forgives him is he ok

 


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1.  What are two qualifications of a bishop or elder?


Blameless and a husband of one wife
A man of prayer and good works
Has a good sense of humor and has many friends
Loves people and prays for others
Cares for orphans and widows and heals the sick


 



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