1 Timothy
Chapter 3

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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.

Commentary for 1 Timothy 3

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.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3

  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    Have you ever asked yourself what Life is suppose to be about? Do you show Love to orhers? Your Father in Heaven sacrificed His Son to Suffer for our Sins on this Earth- so at the ending of our Life we will be able to come straight to the Throne! Works- Prayer- Faith- and much Love everywhere you go. That shows Jesus's Love and Compassion- Given by His Father because of His Love for You!! LOVE!!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    Are you improving your life or disgrading your life? God wants the Best for You! Are you honoring His Will? Don't feel sorry for yourself- go and take a challenge that you can control and do!! Watch God's Light give you the Strength to go into the unknown- you never believed you could do. Don't let yourself down. Achieve it! Watch the effect of it on your mind and body. Than go again. Success!!!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    When things look the lowest- change opposite what would help you with strength- for doing God's Will. Go after now! Don't go lower- than you are stepping in Satan's world. Ask God for guideness toward what He wants in your Life. Fight to regain it! God is right next to you: all you do is change one thing and start climbing that mountain! Challenge yourself- be proud you are chosen by your Father!!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    Some days l awake and wonder what this day will bring. I slow down to moving like a snail. Trying to put my day together l forget there is a God l should go to each morning when l rise- and Thank Him first. Than ask Him to Guide me through out my day. There l feel His Strength go thru me and my mind starts gathering up speed to move me. Knowing the Light is around me- l search for the needy:
  • Patty Tozi - in Reply on 1 Timothy 3
    Does anyone see changes coming fast in this world now? Stores going crazy with building up all of a sudden. No matter where you go they are building and changing. In the Bible it reads how cold hearted everyone will be. How powerful stores, churches, and restaurants, are to get. What happened to yester year? Can never go back. God is warning His people. Every where you go now-' Keep God Close!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    Life is so Short. Do others see how Special Life is. That you are here right now- but in a twinkle of an eye could be taken away. Everyday is Precious that you can go to and fro doing your daily chores. Do you ever just stop and look around? Just watch others that God created as you. I do! I get lost in time just watching how others live- as l do. Than l Thank my Heavenly Father for that moment!!
  • LOREEN - in Reply on 1 Timothy 3
    I love you and shared some of these inspirations on fb with your name on them . to help some one that may need to read them. some of them helped me. and made me think
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    This World belongs to our Father in Heaven. He created it from the start-- Satan took it away from What He wanted it to be. Oh, why can't others see. Some do- but do not know they can fight in God's Light and turn it the opposite of the World's way of thinking.God is our Rock! He Loves us enough that His Only Begotten Son suffered so we could come to His Father in the ending of our Life. SO FIGHT!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    I woke up this cold morning thanking God- for when l rise l have another day to do His Will. Challenges- l will give myself to others less fortunate. Our Heavenly Father watches over us as we do His Works unto His creations. By Faith and Strength He will challenge us to see if we are capable to handle His Will- as His Son Jesus did for us. The World's Ways no more!! Only God will lead me today!!
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    My writings are inspirations from the Lord- what He had me go through in all my Life. Always alone- l fought for the answers- Why? Now in the days we are in- l know. I have to let others see the wisdom and knowledge l have from those times- is not from the Evilness of the world- but from the Holy Light of His Love for us. Fighting for our Salvation in the Ending of Times. He is all Mighty God!!!


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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