|3:1||This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.|
|3:2||A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;|
|3:3||Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;|
|3:4||One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;|
|3:5||(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)|
|3:6||Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.|
|3:7||Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.|
|3:8||Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;|
|3:9||Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.|
|3:10||And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.|
|3:11||Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.|
|3:12||Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.|
|3:13||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.|
[Introduction] Jachin and Boaz were two copper pillars standing in front of the temple built by Solomon. Jachin means ‘He will establish’ and Boaz means ‘Strength.’ Those two pillars have Solomon’s confession that God is who built and will maintain the temple forever. In today’s passage, Apostle Paul mentions how those who have duties must live. Duties are not given just to anyone and are not something that you do or not at your discretion. God’s goal for us is within the duties. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers have the evidence of standing as the pillar in the temple of the Lord by restoring spiritual and physical maturity that helps you achieve God’s goal for you.
1. The One Who Loves Good Works
In 1 Timothy 3:1, mentioning duties, Apostle Paul begins with admiration saying, “The saying is trustworthy.” Why was he so excited and touched? It was very touching moment to him, an evangelist, that a new believer spiritually grew to become stewards to serve other believers. In today’s passage, Apostle Paul reveals that aspiring to the office of overseer is desiring a noble task. There are two meanings in this. Most of all, it is important for believers to want to be stewards. In Matthew 7:6 Jesus says, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” This is a Jewish saying and He referred to it. ‘What is holy’ and ‘pearl’ mean the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dogs and pigs originally meant foreigners but here the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who were obsessed by criticism and condemnation without knowing the value of the Gospel. No matter how valuable things are given, these people wouldn’t realize the value and even attack and criticize. Open your spiritual eyes and see the fact that the duties given to you are holy and the most valuable pearl. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers live the life of becoming the pillars in the temple of the Lord by being completely used for God’s noble task.
2. The One Who Has the Mystery of Faith
In 1 Timothy 3:8-10, Apostle Paul mentions the qualification of a deacon. Here, the deacon is an ordained deacon. But everyone who has a duty has to have the scale of what he emphasized. Especially, Apostle Paul emphasized a deacon who is the one who has the mystery of faith with a clear conscience. Here, the clear conscience means the conscience of faith and the sincerity of no shame in front of God. When this conscience is functional, faith can manage its duty. That is why he highlighted the one who has the mystery of faith with a clear conscience is qualified in having a duty. Especially, all stewards have to have the mystery of faith. This mystery cannot be obtained from any human’s knowledge and reason. The spiritual mystery can be found only when God prophesies. Then we can realize when the Holy Spirit illuminates. In Romans 16:25-27, Apostle Paul says that this Gospel has been disclosed, what was kept a secret for long ages.
You can approach everything with the eyes of thanksgiving. There are three steps of thanksgiving. The first step is to know the grace of God. It is the reason of what you should appreciate. The second is to feel the grace of God. It means that you appreciate the grace of God that is given to you. The last is to make a return for the grace of God and that is to serve one’s duty faithfully. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers live the life of winners who have the mystery of faith and give glory to God under any circumstances.
[Conclusion] Let’s confess, “Duties are presents that God gives us.” What are the characteristics of a present? You probably feel excited about it and want to know what is in the package. Likewise, the duties that God has given to you have many blessings that we may not know yet. In verse 13, Apostle Paul mentions, “For those who serve well as deacons gains a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” This is the part of the blessings for the one who serves one’s duty faithfully. Here, ‘a good standing’ means that you are recognized as the best in front of God and people. God will praise you for doing well and being loyal to Him. And ‘great confidence’ means the filling of the Holy Spirit. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers live a victorious life with the power of Christ and a life that is full of life and have the evidence of standing as the pillar of Yewon Church.