Scripture: I Timothy 3

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Overseers And Deacons

1 Timothy 3:1-16 (WEB) 1 This is a faithful saying: someone who seeks to be an overseer desires a good work. The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; (but how could someone who doesn’t know how to rule one’s own house take care of God’s assembly?) not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.  Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless. 11 Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things. 12 Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.  14 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; 15 but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God’s house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is required of an overseer (I Timothy 3:1-7)? An overseer must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching, not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous, one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence, not a new convert.  Moreover he must have a good testimony from those who are outside.

2. What is required of servants (I Timothy 3:8-12)? Servants (deacons) must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.  They are to be blameless, husband of one wife, ruling over their children and their own household well. Their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate and faithful in all things.  

3. What do those who serve well gain for themselves (I Timothy 3:13)? Those who serve well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

4. What is another name for God’s house (I Timothy 3:15)? Another name for God’s house is the assembly (church) of the living God, the pillar and ground (foundation) of the truth.

5. How is God described (I Timothy 3:16)? God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and was received up in glory.     

HEAR the WORD

I Timothy 3:16 (WEB) Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  My Bible notes: Paul affirms the humanity and divinity of Christ.  By so doing he reveals the heart of the gospel.  “The mystery of godliness” is the secret of how we become godly.  “Revealed in the flesh” – Jesus was a man. Jesus’ incarnation is the basis of our being right with God.  “Justified in the spirit” – Jesus’ resurrection showed that the Holy Spirit’s power was in Him.  “Seen by angels” and “received up in glory” – Jesus was divine. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Timothy 3:16 …the mystery of godliness is great: (Jesus) appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Our strength to live according to God’s will comes from Christ.  It is possible to live a godly life through following Christ.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We can’t please God on our own, we must depend on Christ.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray each of us will live a godly life before You.  I pray we will demonstrate all the godly qualities listed in I Timothy 3.  I pray we will: be temperate, be self-controlled, be respected, be hospitable, be able to teach, not be given to drunkenness, not be violent but gentle, not be quarrelsome, not be a lover of money, have unity in the family, have obedient children, and have a good reputation with those outside the church.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live a godly life before God.” <>< Dona