1 Timothy Chapter 3
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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Cindy's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 3/07/2015, 10:57am...
Why was "God " placed in 3:16, when it was not in the original text. Many use it as proof text for the trinity and though I wish I could, as my mom is a Jehovah Witness, I don 't see that God can replace he or who depending on the version. this is a problem for me because JW 's use it against me. Is there a reason why God is used in some versions other than the translator felt it was OK as being a Trinitarian? Thanks, this is a big deal for me.
Stephen B's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 2/19/2015, 9:28pm...
There is only ONE GOD: the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and of all mankind. This One God, the I AM, is manifested revealed to mankind as FATHER Creator , SON Savior 1 Jn.5:20 , and HOLY GHOST indwelling Spirit Rom. 8:11 . God is a Spirit John 4:24 , the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and of all men. Thus making Him their Father through creation Matt. 1:18-23 . Jesus is the Christ Matt. 16:16 . Jesus is the Creator of all things Col. 1:16, 17 Jn.1:10 Isa.40:28 . Jesus is God with us Matt. 1:23 . Jesus is God made flesh John 1:1-14 . Jesus is God manifested in the flesh 1 Tim. 3:16 . Jesus is He which was, which is, and which is to come, THE ALMIGHTY Rev. 1:8 Isa. 9:6 . To this, Jesus Himself testified when He said: He that hath seen me hath seen the Father John hi 2:10 . The LORD is the FIRST and the LAST, and beside Him there is no God Isa. 44:6 .There was no according to the flesh Rom. l:3 . Jesus is the very God Himself according to the 14:7-11 .Since it took shedding of blood for the remission forgiveness of the GOD FORMED before him, neither shall there be after Him Isa. 43:10 . Jesus is the SON of God sins of the world Heb. 9:22 , God as the Father, being a Spirit, had no blood to shed so He prepared a body of flesh and blood Heb. 10:5 , that He might fulfill the prophecy of Isa.43:11, Beside ME there is no SAVIOUR .JESUS is the one and only true GOD.God is my Father,But JESUS is his name.
Cathy's 1 Timothy Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 2/16/2015, 5:24pm...
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