My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

1 Timothy 3

Just one?!?

Leaders in a church must have only one wife, be calm, sober, gentle, and not in love with money. He must manage his family well, have been a believer for some time and be respected in the wider secular community. Servants must be similar. Their wives must be respectable.

So now you know how to act if I can't make it. Don't forget the sheer awesome mystery of that fact that Jesus came in a body, was given authority by the Spirit, and is now preached all over the world and lives in heaven.

Key verse:
2-3. 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.

My thoughts:
I've always thought the Timothy books are good challenges for those who are secure in their faith and are willing to commit to real self-discipline in how they act out their faith. More than any other part of the New Testament, passages in Timothy can appear to be a long list of rules. These aren't for the increased understanding of salvation, but are for those for whom salvation is clearly understood, and are now trying to live the life worthy of the call and be examples and leaders to other Christians.

I don't know how the whole 'mystery' part fits with the topic, but it's cool none the less. So often we try to understand everything, but mystery is an important Bible word. We're not dealing with a functional religion, we're dealing with reality, and we can't expect to understand it all simply and clearly.


Blogger Huggies said...

Yes Peter, just one :)

12:09 am

Blogger Pete W said...

I think it's just a guideline. Don't you worry Huggies. You'll get what you want.

5:43 pm

Blogger Huggies said...



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