1 Timoteo 3:1-12

1 PALABRA fiel: Si alguno apetece obispado, buena obra desea.
2 Conviene, pues, que el obispo sea irreprensible, marido de una mujer, solícito, templado, compuesto, hospedador, apto para enseñar;
3 No amador del vino, no heridor, no codicioso de torpes ganancias, sino moderado, no litigioso, ajeno de avaricia;
4 Que gobierne bien su casa, que tenga sus hijos en sujeción con toda honestidad;
5 (Porque el que no sabe gobernar su casa, ¿cómo cuidará de la iglesia de Dios?)
6 No un neófito, porque inflándose no caiga en juicio del diablo.
7 También conviene que tenga buen testimonio de los extraños, porque no caiga en afrenta y en lazo del diablo.
8 Los diáconos asimismo, deben ser honestos, no bilingües, no dados á mucho vino, no amadores de torpes ganancias;
9 Que tengan el misterio de la fe con limpia conciencia.
10 Y éstos también sean antes probados; y así ministren, si fueren sin crimen.
11 Las mujeres asimismo, honestas, no detractoras, templadas, fieles en todo.
12 Los diáconos sean maridos de una mujer, que gobiernen bien sus hijos y sus casas.

1 Timoteo 3:1-12 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter the apostle treats of the qualifications of officers of churches, bishops and deacons, and of their wives; and points at the principal reason of writing this epistle to Timothy: and first, he commends the office of a bishop, as a good and desirable one; and asserts it to be such in the strongest manner, 1Ti 3:1 and then follow the qualifications for it, some of which are of the economical or domestic kind, and regard him as an husband and parent, and the head of the family; others of a moral nature, and relate to sobriety, hospitality, temperance, patience, and liberality; and others of the ecclesiastical sort, as aptness to teach, and that he should not be a novice in religion; and in general, that he should be a man of a blameless life, and of good report in the world, 1Ti 3:2-7, next an account is given of the qualifications of deacons; some which concern their moral character; others their soundness in the faith; and others their domestic affairs, and their conduct in their families; about which they should be first examined, before they were put into their office; the characters of their wives are also given; and for their encouragement in the faithful performance of their office, it is observed, that they hereby obtain a good degree of honour and boldness in the faith of Christ, 1Ti 3:8-13. And the end of the apostle's writing this epistle, and particularly of giving Timothy this account of the qualifications of the officers of the church of God, is, that he might know whom to appoint over it, and how to conduct himself in it; which he commends from its being the house of God, the church of the living God, and the pillar and ground of truth, 1Ti 3:14,15. Of which truth he gives a summary, in several particulars of it, which open the great mystery of godliness, 1Ti 3:16.

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