1 Timothy 3:14-16 The Church Lives

A body not made with hands but living and alive.

Paul states his purpose, in no uncertain terms, behind writing this letter to Timothy. He wants to make sure there is order in the church, even if he can’t be there to establish it himself.

Paul trusted Timothy. He personally sent him to this body of believers to watch over them and set them straight. He commissioned Timothy to deal with the false teachers and instructed him on how to identify appropriate leaders. Now he makes sure that Timothy realizes the trust that he has put in him.

If Paul can’t come in person, Timothy has all he needs to carry on the work the Holy Spirit started in Ephesus. And this work is important.

Moses received instructions from God concerning worship, sacrifices, offerings, and all matters concerning the temple. Leadership depended on lineage. God is orderly and He expected order from His people. Read more »

1 Timothy 3:8-13 Deacon’s Characteristics

I like this model. Any without Jesus as THE HEAD are worthless.

Character counts! In our reading today Paul outlines the character required of a deacon serving in the body. Many of the characteristics overlap or are the same for the overseer. In short, Godly minded and faith lived out men of God.

My bible helps points out that the one main difference in deacons and overseers is the ability to teach. Deacons are apparently not called on to be teachers. They are church servants, or servants of the body. Overseers are also servants of the body but also the one who instructs the people in doctrine and faith.

I like Paul’s instructions to let them “be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless” (verse 10). As I stated earlier, character counts. A person wishing to serve the church as a deacon should be one whose character speaks loud and clear for a life lived for Him. Read more »

1 Timothy 3:1-7 Overseers’ Job Qualifications

Godly leaders needed! Do you fit His pattern?

Paul is beginning to outline the job qualifications for the different offices in the new body. These are personal characteristics required of a person before he steps into this role. Today’s reading focuses on the role of overseer.

My bible helps tell me that synonymous words for “overseer” are pastor, shepherd and elder. I thought maybe this was the case but I had to check it out to be sure. This was the role Timothy was currently occupying in the church in Ephesus. Paul shares that this is a noble office to aspire to. Read more »

1 Timothy 2:1-15 Prayer & Body Order

ALL leaders, not just the ones governing you or the ones you agree with.

Paul addresses some issues that Timothy is dealing with in his position of shepherd of this body. The first is prayer and the second is gender roles within the body.

We are ALL called to pray for those in authority over us. I admit that I don’t spend a lot of time doing this. That is something I need to deal with. But I also don’t spend time cutting down those over me. I don’t blindly support everything they do but I DON’T trash them either. God placed them in authority, and as David said, “The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed” (1 Samuel 26:11). Read more »

1 Timothy 1:12-20 He Came To Save Sinners

Scared straight by the hard lessons our own sin had wrought 

Paul reaffirms the cornerstone of our faith; “Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (verse 15). He charges Timothy to keep the main thing the main thing!

Paul is a perfect example of God’s grace and he knows it. He recognizes where he would have been without that saving grace. “Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted in ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of the Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (verses 13-14).

Something I just noticed is Paul’s statement that he “acted ignorantly in unbelief.” When Paul was persecuting the church he thought he was well informed. I would go so far as to say he was arrogant in his belief in his right-standing with God. But he was ignorant of the truth. He was blind because the Spirit of God had not revealed the truth to him. Read more »