Tag: 1st Timothy 3

The Mystery of Godliness!

Scripture reading for September 27th:  1st Timothy 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 3:14-16  “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.  Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:  He 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.”  

Paul hoped to be able to join Timothy but knew he might be delayed so he gave instructions to Timothy to share with the church he was overseeing.  Paul saw the church of Jesus Christ as a “pillar and foundation of the truth.”   To Paul, all truth was found in Jesus Christ and godly living was found in living by and in Truth.  The secret mystery of true ‘godliness’ was found in the incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  It is only through faith in His incarnation, life of godliness, death and resurrection that all sinners are made righteous.  This is the message entrusted to the church, the ‘pillar and foundation of the truth’.  

Observations for over-comers:  We over-come the traps of pride, sin, the flesh and the devil by living by faith in Jesus Christ, God incarnated, crucified for our sins, and raised to life and eternal glory.  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

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The noble task of overseer!

Scripture reading for September 28th:  1st Timothy 3

“Here is a trustworthy saying:  If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.”  (1st Timothy 3:1)  God calls men and women into pastoral  and apostolic leadership.  It is a high calling and those who open their hearts to respond, desire a noble task.  Leading in Christ’s church is challenging and rewarding for those who apply themselves fully.

“Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited, and fall under the same judgment as the devil.  He must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”  (1st Timothy 3:2-7)

As we look at the qualifications of an overseer, there is more about character than gifts or talents.  The person must be above reproach and if married, husband of one wife. (or wife of one husband)  They must manage their own household and finances well as a prerequisite for working with the family of God and finances of Christ’s Church. New converts are not yet proven in their character and humility and should not be placed in leadership.  One ability mentioned is the ability to teach.  Teaching sound doctrine is one of the great needs of the church.

“Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.”  (1st Timothy 3:13)  It is a noble task to serve Christ as overseer!

 

 

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