While Christianity is not a performance-based religion, Paul reminded Timothy that he needed to examine those he served with and also the church at large. In Christ’s life, death and resurrection the Lord demonstrated His authority and His servant’s heart. He led a selfless life, and as a result, was raised to the highest place; and holds the name that is above every name (Philippians 2). Paul reminds Timothy that the truth of that is the very foundation of the Church. As such, Christ is alive, revered by angels, feared by demons, available to every person on earth and an advocate for all who trust him and believe.
Those of us who follow him are called to live similar and selfless lives. Colossians 3 reminds us that we have died and our lives are now hidden in Christ with God. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us we are new creations–ambassadors of eternity. As such, we are to live lives that bring honor to the name that is above every name. We are not checking off boxes to meet requirements; instead, we are becoming like the Lord that gave all he had to redeem us from sin and death. It is no secret that apart from God we can do nothing. More importantly, it is no secret that in Christ, He does it all. In short, We are called to live like the Lord that died for us!
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In the same way, deacons[b] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 In the same way, the women[c] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Reasons for Paul’s Instructions
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,[d]
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.