Summary: 1 of 4. Paul related the moral qualifications for deacons of the Church. Character traits for deacons of the church are definitive/unequivocal. ?How is the deacon’s fitness determined? The deacon’s fitness is decided thru...
The DEACON’S FITNESS-I—1Timothy 3:8-13
Paul related the moral qualifications for deacons of the Church.
Character traits for deacons of the church are definitive/unequivocal.
?What character traits define the deacon’s fitness for office?
?How is the deacon’s fitness determined?
Characteristics by which an deacon’s fitness for office is decided.
The deacon’s fitness is decided by...Collaborative/Collective ...
1— The deacon’s fitness is decided thru...
:8—“Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,”
Paul now shifts to revealing the qualifications for “deacons.” “Likewise” very tightly ties the qualifications of the previous verses(:1-7) with what follows here.
Thus many of the same characteristics which are to distinguish bishops/overseers(:1-7) are also directly & indirectly applied to “deacons.” The list is also comprised of both positive & negative qualities as with the bishops/overseers.
These verses also describe the fact that particular people were openly & authoritatively recognized as “deacons.” Judging by the following wording & qualifications, these “deacons” must have held office within the local(& beyond?) church. Thus as with bishop/overseer, the one who desires to effectively serve in the capacity of “deacon” also “desires a good work”(7:1).
In the same manner(“likewise”) as are overseers/bishops, “Deacons” are expected to exhibit a character which exudes “reverence.”
“Reverent” is unqualified but is instead listed concisely as a character trait.
**In other words, deacons must approach all others(in general) & all situations with a “reverence” or proper regard, which bespeaks the same regard Christ has towards them/it. This of course can only be done by the saved sinner when he allows himself to be controlled by the Spirit of God.
“Deacons”[See :8]—diakonov—One who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister.—1a)The servant of a king- 1b) A deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor & has charge of & distributes the money collected for their use, 1c) A waiter, one who serves food & drink. Diakonov represents the servant in his activity for the work; not in his relation, either servile, or more voluntary. Diakonov may designate either a slave or a freeman, it denotes a servant viewed in relation to his work. Strong—probably from an obsolete diakw(to run on errands; compare diwkw); An attendant, i.e. (genitive case)A waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specially--A Christian teacher & pastor(technically, a deacon or deaconess).
“Reverent/Grave/Men of Dignity/Men worthy of Respect”[See :11 & :3—semnothv]—Adj.—semnov—August, venerable, reverend; 2) To be venerated for character, honorable— 2a) Of persons 2b) Of deeds. Semnov is that which inspires reverence or awe. In classical Greek it was often applied to the gods. But frequently it has the lower idea of that which is humanly venerable, or even refers simply to externals, as to that which is magnificent, grand, or impressive. Strong—from sebomai[an apparently primary verb; To revere, i.e. Adore] Venerable, i.e. Honorable. Used 4X.