This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth
a good work.
3:2A bishop then must be
blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to
(3:2) "A bishop must be ... the husband of one wife."
Apparently, it's OK for laymen to have several. Is polygamy OK?
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient,
not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care
of the church of God?)
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he
fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much
wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a
deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and
their own houses well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves
a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave
thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the
pillar and ground of the truth.
(3:16) "God was manifest in the flesh."
This verse has been used to support the idea that Jesus is God, but the best and earliest manuscripts say Christ "who was
made manifest in the flesh," not "God was made manifest in the flesh."1 Is Jesus God?
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.