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Leaders – Bishops and Elders Part 2- Blameless

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November 23rd, 2014 | Filed Under: Author, Elders, Leaders, Mike Vinson, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

A study on the qualifications for Bishops and Elders in the Body of Christ.
This part covers blameless.


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1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office (function)

of a bishop, he desireth a good
work.
1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of
good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler,
not covetous;
1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all
gravity;
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the
church of God?)
1Ti 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the
devil.
1Ti 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.

Bishop

G1984
ἐπισκοπή
episkopē
ep-is-kop-ay’
From G1980; inspection (for relief); by implication superintendence; specifically the Christian “episcopate”: – the office of a “bishop”, bishoprick, visitation.

G1985
ἐπίσκοπος
episkopos
ep-is’-kop-os
From G1909 and G4649 (in the sense of G1983); a superintendent, that is,
Christian officer in general charge of a (or the) church (literally or
figuratively): – bishop, overseer.

A bishop is the same thing as an elder. Paul is telling Titus to ordain elders, so he then gives him the qualifications. He also gives (similar instructions) to Timothy in 1 Timothy 3, so he can identify these elders that he needs to appoint.

Tit 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
appointed thee:
Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful
children not accused of riot or unruly.
Tit 1:7 For a bishop(G1985) must be blameless, as the steward of God;
not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to
filthy lucre;

The word for bishop is Titus 1:7 above, is a derivation of the same word for bishop found in 1 Tim 3:1.

1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office (function) of a bishop (G1984), he desireth a good work.

There bishops are the overseers appointed in each city to oversee the people.

Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops (G1985) and deacons:

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (G1985), to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Here is our first set of qualifications:

1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office (function) of a bishop (G1984), he desireth a good work.

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

Blameless:

G423
ἀνεπίληπτος
anepilēptos
an-ep-eel’-ape-tos
From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G1949; not arrested,
that is, (by implication)inculpable: – blameless, unrebukeable.

1Ti 5:7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless(G423).

Here Paul has just given Timothy instructions on how to identify and handle
“widows indeed”.

1Ti 5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.
1Ti 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to
shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and
acceptable before God.
1Ti 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and
continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
1Ti 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
1Ti 5:7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless

If these instructions are followed, then the widows will be “blameless”, not
able to be accused of not being a widow indeed. Any accusation will be a
false accusation.

In the same way, Paul gives Timothy instructions, so he will be blameless,
unrebukeable.

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable (G423), until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Here are those instructions:

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out.
1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal(aionios) life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before
many witnesses.
1Ti 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things,
and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good
confession;
1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable
(G423), until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Is this saying that we never sin? No.

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his
word is not in us.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

We know someone is qualified to be a bishop by their fruits.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree
bring forth good fruit.

It is obvious when someone is pursuing these things, and they are being manifest in their lives increasingly over time.

1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

 

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