- 1 Timothy 3:12-16
- 1 Tim 3:12 (KJB)
- Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and
their own houses well.
- Here the Scriptures gives two requirements for the office of deacon.
They too must be the husband of one wife which means they are not to be
divorced and remarried. It also means that the deacon is not to be a single
man. When the churches acquiesced to the Christian feminist movement, they
never answered a simple question. How can a woman deacon or bishop be the
husband of one wife? Then they too are to have children which are in
subjection to their rule which shows they are obedient. They are also to
rule their own houses well and that does not only mean the people in it but
as head of the house they are responsible for a good testimony to friends
and neighbors, even to those who are unbelievers. They should also show
wisdom in handling situations and finances. If they show they can handle
these properly, then they would be able to transfer the same wisdom in
handling the affairs of the church.
- 1 Tim 3:13 (KJB)
- 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.
- Have used the office of a deacon - Having served
- Purchase - Acquire
- Degree - As of a good standing or reputation
- Boldness - Courage or fearlessness
- Paul ends the section on deacons. Here he commends those who have served
the office well because in doing the ministry correctly, they would also
have acquired to themselves a good reputation with those both inside the
church and those on the outside. When they continued to exercise the office
properly, this would cause a person to become much more bold in the faith
simply because they are acting on the faith they believe in. The more a
Christian gets involved with the Lord’s work, the bolder they become because
it takes spiritual fortitude to take the Gospel of Christ into a hostile,
God hating world. This is the demeanor of missionaries who cared only for
souls and not for their own lives.
- 1 Tim 3:14 (KJB)
- These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
- Paul writing from Macedonia had desired to come to Ephesus in a short
time probably to further explain and help Timothy get settled in as Pastor
and to answer any questions which may arise. It is not known whether Paul
was able to make the journey to Ephesus.
- 1 Tim 3:15 (KJB)
- 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.
- Ground - Foundation
- Since this letter was written to Timothy but would have been read to
those in the church, Paul wanted them to know that he may have to tarry long
in Macedonia. Many a time Paul had wanted to visit a group of believers but
he was diverted to another area. His desire was to visit those he knew and
the churches he helped form but that was not always possible. He writes to
them and tells them that even though he may not make it to see them, he
tells them that they should know how to conduct themselves in the house of
God. He has written concerning the offices and also how the women are to
behave so he was confident that until he came, they would conduct themselves
as becoming Christians. He states that the house of God is the church of the
living God, which means it is made up of all born again believers in Christ.
He then makes a statement that it is the pillar and ground of truth. Now it
must be realized that the church does not establish the truth, the truth is
given by God in his Word. The truth is also the Lord Jesus Christ Himself as
He stated in John 14:6. (John 14:6 KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me. When the passage
speaks concerning the church being the pillar and ground of truth, it is
speaking of the responsibility of the church in two areas. First, the church
is built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles.
(Eph 2:20 KJV) And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
chief corner stone;
This means that their authority for preaching the true
gospel has been handed down to the church and the church now holds the
foundational truths of Scripture. Then what it does with these truths is to
uphold them in an evil world. The pillar was used widely in ancient times to
uphold or support a structure. The church functions in the same manner that
it upholds these truths. Now when compared to the false religions of the
world, the true church comprised of all true believers, holds the true
foundations of truth and upholds those truths against all the false
religions of the world.
- 1 Tim 3:16 (KJB)
- 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.
- Without Controversy - Assuredly, admittedly, or confessedly
- In the modern versions, God is removed and “he” replaced it. That is
just another attack on the Incarnation of Christ showing that He was God in
the flesh. Here Paul speaks about how great or tremendous is the mystery of
godliness. There is no true believer who would not agree that the true
godliness is a great mystery because it takes a reprobate sinner and makes
them a godly person alive unto the things of God whereas before they were
only concerned about the things of the world. Then Paul goes into the five
fold description concerning the elements of that godliness which totally
surround the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God was manifest in the flesh - God the Son was sent into the world
to die for the sins of the Elect. He took on a totally human body and it is
known as the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lived in this body for
over thirty years, suffered in that body, was buried after His crucifixion
and was raised bodily from the dead. In all His earthly ministry, He was
seen in the flesh except on the Mount of Transfiguration when He was shown
- Justified in the Spirit - The word “justified” carries with it the
meaning of “rendered innocent or pronounced righteous.” In all His earthly
ministry, the enemies of Jesus had accused Him of all kinds of sins from
“blasphemy to drunkenness.” However, not once could they ever prove their
accusations against Him because of the purity of His divine nature which
caused Him to remain sinless in every aspect of His life. Since Jesus was
totally sinless, He was totally qualified to be the savior of all those who
were and are to become saved.
- Seen of Angels - Jesus was seen by many angels, some of which were
manifested to Him such as in the Garden of Gethsemane and the myriads of
angels who were unseen by human eyes. Then there were the two angels who
were in the tomb.
- Preached unto the Gentiles - This phrase could also be understood as
“proclaimed to the nations.” We know through the ministry of the Apostle
Paul and others that the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was proclaimed
in many nations back then. This included the nations around the
Mediterranean Sea and even India and Spain. Then the Gospel started to be
proclaimed worldwide until it is now in every country in the world. So the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ is now in the entire world.
- Believed on in the world - Not only were there many Gentiles being
saved, but also many Jews were becoming saved through the proclamation of
the Gospel. The Apostle Paul led many to the Lord and many came to know
Christ through the churches which were formed. From this nucleus of
churches, worldwide evangelism began and people began to become saved. Those
who were once of the world and in Satan’s kingdom, were now, by salvation in
Christ, being transferred into the Kingdom of God.
- Received up into glory - Forty days after the Lord Jesus Christ
walked out of the tomb alive, He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right
hand of God the Father. This too was witnessed by his disciples. If the
enemies of Christ wanted to claim this never happened, then they would have
to show the grave or tomb of Christ and in two thousand years, no one has
been able to give a location. This is because Christ is located in Heaven
waiting to return soon to take His bride to Heaven on the last day. He now
has His glorified body.