I Timothy 3:1-16
March 14, 2004
v. 2 - "blameless" - without reproach - leave no part of the body
exposed to the adversary!
"the husband of one wife" - attitude of that time in Roman
culture - common for a man to have more than one living
wife - a distinct breach of God's original law - Gen. 2:24
v. 3 - three negative qualities - three positive qualities
v. 6 - "Not a novice" - one recently converted & received
into the church - lest he be puffed up and fall into
the condemnation of the devil - lightness, emptiness,
(condemnation into which the devil fell through pride)
v. 7 - "good testimony" - importance of character in the
v. 8 - "filthy lucre" - Baalam, Gehazi, Judas Iscariot,
Achan - scripture examples,
When lucre is the price for doing wrong, it is filthy
When lucre is sought on occasions when none is due,
it is filthy! When the desire of just gains are excessive,
it ceases to be clean!
v. 9 - "a pure conscience" - great stress laid on this
v. 10 - "blameless" - importance of a holy and
blameless conversation even in deacons.
v. 15 - "that thou mayest know how thou ought to
behave thyself in the house of God, which is
the church of the Living God"
There must be reverence - reverence is the root of
all religion. Flippancy of manner, indevoutness of
heart, will ruin the best service.
"ye shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my
sanctuary: I am the Lord" - Lev. 19:30
v. 16 - Christ the mystery - "Christ in you - in Christ"
Eph. 3:1-12 Col. 1:27