14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Spiritual leaders of the NT Church — elder, bishop (overseer) and pastor (shepherd).  A mature Christian character and a person oriented individual who cares about the growth and well-being of others.

The NT carefully guards against exalting spiritual leaders to some position of authority above others.  “You are not to be called Rabbi,” Jesus warned his followers.  “You have only one Master, and you are all brothers.  Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father and he is in heaven.  Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.”

In contrast to a hierarchical order, Jesus says “the greatest among you will be your servant”  (Matt. 23:8-11)

God’s household  3:14-16.  Church is God’s household (family) that it is so important we conduct ourselves well.  The great mystery of the Incarnation (16) is, in one sense, continued isn the people who together compose “the church of the living God.”

 

–> Good photo for Easter.  Today’s verse to remember.  1 Timothy 3:16 A mature Christian is the one who is concerned about the growth and well-being of others.  Family – the word dear to me.  Abba Father.  Christ my teacher.

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