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The office of a bishop!

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. 1 Timothy 3:2

You got to tick all the boxes to be a bishop, not to tick tick the only one box that suits you most, but all. It‘s not enough only to be able to teach whilst you fail on the other aspects. A bishop must be blameless and beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not a bully, but gentle, considerate, and free from the love of money.
Now consider also your leader, if he/she can teach, but falls short on the other characteristics then you should know you’re both liable to falling into the devil’s trap. How will he/she take care of the church of God while ethically wrong?

Paul says, "These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1 Timothy 3:14-16 

It is still a mystery as to why God wants us to be godly, why he wants us to behave in a certain way. However, he wants us to behave ourselves in Church because Church is the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Corinthians 11:10 says, "For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels." Those who serve also should know how to hold "the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience" 1 Timothy 3:9.

Paul says be found blameless, even so must be our "wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things" 1 Timothy 3:10-11.

The office of a bishop, overseer, prophet, teacher or deacon; they that have assumed that office "well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus" 1 Timothy 3:13.  I like their boldness, but they’ve to perform well in that office, always developing themselves, knowing they will be well rewarded if they do well.
God bless, 
Laurence 
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