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.
Grace's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 11/19/2013, 12:03am...
This is an exhortation to leaders in the church to let their lives be more than an example in all ramifications and also and also not to be ignorant of the devices of the devil as all he cares about is deterring people from getting into the Kingdom of God
BSP's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 7 on 10/29/2013, 8:09pm...
One who presides over a congregation should have not only a good reputation inside the church, but also outside of it. This shows that his whole life should be a reflection of his devotion to God in all that he does. There should not be a whole separate double life being led outside the church.
David O Uduma's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 10/13/2013, 4:06pm...
Disputing 1 Tim 3:16 is an evidence of the strtgles that started between Sarah's son (Isaace) & Hagar's Son (Ishmeal). Jesus said that he is God - Mat 18: 20- claims to be Present everywhere, John 10 :30-33 - He is one with the Father; therefore he is God. John 14 :7-11 - To see & to know Him is to See & know the Father. John 10 :5-8- He uses the title ' I AM via Ex 3: 14. He clain to be King and final JUGDE Mt 25 vs 31 -46
Marion's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 10/01/2013, 8:54am...
I am just reading and trying to comprehend and asking God to reveal that I cannot understand, because I see different opinions and God gives fact.
Steven Samson's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 9/18/2013, 8:36am...
I believe 1Timothy 3:16 as "G-d revealed in the flesh. eg. Isaiah 9:6 where Jesus is referred to as the "Mighty G-d", Revelation1:8 Jesus is the Alpha & Omega,(The first and the Last) which can only applied to the Almighty G-d. and the "Almighty G-d" in the same verse is applied to Jesus. See also Genesis Chapter 18 where one of the three men is Jehovah.C/F John 4:24;5:37; Coll. 2:8-9
Good for discussion.
Annette's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 9/04/2013, 9:36pm...
For the person who wrote "who", what do you do with Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulder and his name shall called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Almighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Aaron's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 8/19/2013, 3:08pm...
God was shown in the flesh, Jesus was filled without measure with Gods Spirit, thierfor he never sined, the angles seen,brought the new covenant to save the gentiles also, many believed and his spirit in a new body was taken up in heavan . Jesus isn't his own father its God in the Father. its God in the Son, and its God in the Spirit
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