1 Timothy Chapter 3
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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.
Joe's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 2 on 5/22/2013, 1:48pm...
The one part of this scripture I would like to discuss is the husband of one wife. Many pastors and baptist missions board hang their hat on this one scripture when it comes to invalidating a man's ability to be a pastor of a church or be a missionary. The only requirement is that "he" be married to only one woman. The reverse is not true because the scripture does not include "the wife of this bishop can only ever been married to this bishop..." To be in a position to be called of God into the pastoralship should be allowed even if a man marries a woman who was married previously. If he has only been married this once and will only be married this once then he should be able to follow his call of God to serve as a pastor or missionary. In my continued reading I have not found scripture that would make me think otherwise of a wife of a bishop should never have been married before.
Farm nelson's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 2/25/2013, 8:46pm...
This helps me to understand better Jesus is God.
Anette's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 1/03/2013, 7:42pm...
The 2nd verse says a bishop should be the husband of one wife, as well a deacon the husband of one wife. However it did not say a bishop should be the wife of one husband or a deacon the wife of one husband.. I believe that God wants us as women to teach younger women how to be godly and so that is one that I believe is the ministry of a woman. We as women have our place in the home raising the children and keeping them quiet as our men study the word to give to the church. Women tend to get aggravated more easily than men and we blow things all out of proportion, whereas men don’t get as emotional when situations come up in the church. We are ministers but we don’t need to be on a pulpit to do that. I've seen a lot of churches torn up behind women. I feel we should sit back and let the man do this job and we do give them the support they need to get it done, because we can’t take being talked about and lied on like a man can.
Jw's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 9/17/2012, 8:31pm...
While he was examining the Alexandrine Manuscript in London (a Greek manuscript dating from the fifth century C.E., which contains most of the Bible), Wetstein made a startling discovery. Up till that time, according to the King James Version (1611), 1 Timothy 3:16 was rendered: “God was manifest in the flesh.” This rendering was reflected in most other Bibles in use.
However, Wetstein noticed that the Greek word translated “God,” which was abbreviated to ΘC, had originally looked like the Greek word OC, which means “who.” But a horizontal stroke showing through faintly from the other side of the vellum page, and the addition by a later hand of a line across the top, had turned the word OC (“who”) into the contraction ΘC (“God”)
Brian's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 8/21/2012, 11:42am...
Surely we have to believe that with the gravity of the consequences for believing or not believing that the bible is the unadulterated unfalable word of God. God inspired these men and they were only holding the pen. Now if we have such a problem of believing that, what are we going to believe about a virgin birth. God help us to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for knowledge and wisdom and diliver us from our carnal thinking.
Deniece's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 6/30/2012, 3:45pm...
I believe with all of my heart and sole in GOD the father and Jesuse Christ the son our Savor,I believe in there teaching's and that through the years man has not had the gumpshon to change the word's from God or Jesus. But I also believe that Paul and timothy and all of the other's (men) have worded the bible to reflect there feeling's as to the way they want certain thing's to be. Man instinsintevly want's to be in total control and his Wife to remain silent. I believe God created us all equeal to teach one another for his Glory. To Love, have faith, foregiveness, and Mercy for his Glory. To be clean and reverent and do good for all men, women, and children.To WOSHIP one GOD and one GOD only the true GOD our father witch art in heaven. GOD BLESS
HARRY ALLISON's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 6/17/2012, 3:30am...
I believe we are to be ATTRACTIONS rather than distractions FOR JESUS..A saved SOUL is a saved soul.BE beyond reproach.SEEK the real "TRUTH".SALVATION depends on it.ACTS 2;38 MATT.28;19 JAMES 4;12 LUKE24;47 ACTS 10 ;43.in "JESUS" NAME...
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