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Reading along with us in 1 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Timothy 3 (ESV)

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?....Continue Reading

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  1. 15if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
    He was manifested in the flesh,
    vindicated by the Spirit,
    seen by angels,
    proclaimed among the nations,
    believed on in the world,
    taken up in glory.

  2. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV)
    1  The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

    Paul here addresses elders, deacons, and potentially deaconesses and their character for service. These characteristics of integrity should be present in the lives of all believers, but even more so in leaders.

    1 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
     Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

    This seems ‘hymn-like’ in its structure. I wonder if this is a core teaching that the early church would recite or sing; and perhaps what Paul references for leaders to hold a ‘great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim 3:13).

  3. I have been reading each night but falling asleep before I post….I like verse 1 in chapter 3 because it shows us that in addition to God having a will for us to accomplish certain things in the Christian life. we have a will as well and it is right for us to pursue things in godly service, to strive to be better and develop the character traits that would be commensurate for them. And just consider the character traits here and consider what is left out. Think about what things the world at that time or any time would be looking for in leaders and think about how these character traits establish a paradigm of how the church is to be though what its leaders are to be. Righteousness and service are to mark a christian leader, not strength or charisma, or a go getter or a Machiavellian (the ends justify the means). So these character traits for elders and deacons (and it is deacon’s wives here, not deaconesses) mentioned here, are tremendously significant in driving what the church will be about. And verse 15 really reenforces the whole point. These are not just traits for leaders, but how people should conduct themselves in God’s household.

    And you are correct Dan about verse 16, at least in what most scholars say. They certainly knew that the church had a catechism that new believer’s were trained in. And they believe poetic and verse like portions of Paul’s letters are from that.

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