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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #83
Posted: June 9, 2006

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths
 

We find two IN CHRIST phrases in our study this week in a most unusual place.  One is mentioned in the qualifications for deacons.  They are found in I Timothy 2:7 and 3:13 which say, “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth IN CHRIST, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.  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

Paul, in verse 7, prefaces his thoughts with his authority as an apostle.  This is truth, faith, and verity, in Christ.  The words ‘faith’ and ‘verity’ mean that which is not hidden, open to the light, and opened for inspection and investigation.  What greater way to preface the great truths of qualification for a deacon.

We are told in 3:10 that a man must prove himself before he holds the office of a deacon.  The word ‘prove’ means to put to a rigorous test.  I fear if many pastors and deacons were put to the Bible test they would not hold these sacred offices.

Let us list the qualifications with just a simple word or two of definition with each statement.  In 3:8 they are to be ‘grave’, serious minded.  They are not to be ‘double-tongued’, saying one thing and meaning another.  O, how these two alone would side line many men who hold these offices of deacon today.  They are not to be held or addicted to wine or gain in a greedy way.  They should be deeply acquainted with revealed truth in a conscience that is clear toward God and their fellow man. (Vs. 9)  Their wives should be ‘grave’ or serious.  Their wives should not be ‘slanderers’.  The word means to run the mouth to defame or accuse another.  The word ‘sober’ means cool, calm, and collective. (Vs. 11)

The deacons are to be ‘faithful’, giving the idea you can count on them in all things.  In verse12 we are told they are to be the “…husbands of one wife,” This alone would exclude all women deacons.  The phrase “…husbands of one wife…” means a one-woman man.  This same qualification is for the pastor.  Those who have more than one living wife or multiple marriages will have to step down in consequences to this qualification.  Paul doesn’t say anything about this happening before or after salvation.  This is not a popular belief but still one taught by the apostle who said “…I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;” They were to have their houses and children under control.  Those who hold the office of a deacon will “…well purchase to themselves of a good degree,” The phrase means a high rank or position of influence.  They will speak with “…great boldness…”  This gives the idea that you can trust what they say in truth and nothing but the truth.  Let those who are deacons today examine themselves and take a refresher test.  Don’t hold the office of deacon or pastor being unqualified and reap to yourself more judgment than you can stand.


 

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