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The question we face when we read these verses as Scripture is how to separate out the practical teachings which are given to a specific people at a specific time in a specific place from the underlying universals which are applicable to all people, at all times, in all places.
From athletes to musicians to soldiers, people train themselves so that they can perform at the highest level when required. The spiritual life is no different. We should always press on towards the goal which is to be like Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:14.
This Tuesday we are reading through 1 Timothy 3. This chapter concerns the qualifications of “bishops” and “deacons.” The word “bishop” (Greek: episkopos) simply means “overseer.” During Paul’s time, a bishop was the overseer of a congregation. In the Scriptures, this term is generally used interchangeably with the word “elder” (Greek: presbuteros from where we …
Jesus Christ “has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and delivered me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.” – Martin Luther