Why The Church Matters
1 Timothy 3:14-15
I hope to come to you soon, but   -- I am writing these things to you so that,  if I ...
Published June 1st, 2012
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2011-02-23 14:31:26
2012-07-04 10:53:25
I hope to come to you soon, but -- I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, -- you may know how one ought to behave -- in the household of God, -- which is the church of the living God, -- a pillar and buttress of the truth. The "WHY?" question can be answered by stating the purpose and/or the reason. (going to the store... hungry? buying food?) While I think we all can agree that the purpose of this letter is clearly here, I also think that the reason for this letter is here in these verses. Hoping to go to them soon and the "if I delay" (a.k.a., "just in case") imply that the reason for the writing of this letter (btw, I am taking the phrase "these things" to refer to the whole letter in a general sense and the special commands for the different types of people and situations in the church in a special sense) is because Paul feels a sense of urgency and importance about the matters of the church, precisely because the church matters! (Some things important, but not urgent [teaching kids to drive]; other things are important only because they are urgent [picking up drywall scraps]; and still some things are both urgent and important [that's what we have here!]) We will see why the church matters as we unfold this text. But while we are here let me also point out the encouraging note that since Paul knew the uncertainty of his own plans (James 4:13-16) because God (not he) was sovereign, AND since Paul was passionately concerned for the church (i.e., it mattered to him), then he was lead to write down for us some of the most critical and detailed and practically helpful truth regarding matters of the church that exist in all the Bible. Oh, how trustworthy is our God in all of His wise and sovereign goodness that He would so ordain and bring to pass the creating of His own Self-revelation in the sacred Scriptures in such a way as this (i.e., in a letter)! The purpose of this letter is for Timothy and the Ephesian Church (and all churches, including PRC) to know how to behave. The noun form of the word here for "behave" is used in I Timothy 4:12 for "conduct" or some versions say, "life". It refers to all of the actions and words of a person, including the attitudes behind them. But the conduct Paul speaks of here has a context. The context is "the household of God". It isn't merely behavior in general, but how one behaves in the "household of God" that Paul is concerned about here. The phrase, "household of God", I think, needs to be understood with how Paul uses that same phrase and even just the word "household" in the most immediate context... so, reasoning from these, it most likely has the idea of "family" (see esp. I Tim. 3:4,5, 12 and 5:4). From here Paul wants to deepen and widen our understanding of this "household/family of God" by giving us synonyms: "church of the living God" and "pillar and buttress of truth".
10000000069370 69370 Notes 2011-02-23 14:31:26 2012-07-04 10:53:25 I hope to come to you soon, but -- I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, -- you may know how one ought to behave -- in the household of God, -- which is the church of the living God, -- a pillar and buttress of the truth. The "WHY?" question can be answered by stating the purpose and/or the reason. (going to the store... hungry? buying food?) While I think we all can agree that the purpose of this letter is clearly here, I also think that the reason for this letter is here in these verses. Hoping to go to them soon and the "if I delay" (a.k.a., "just in case") imply that the reason for the writing of this letter (btw, I am taking the phrase "these things" to refer to the whole letter in a general sense and the special commands for the different types of people and situations in the church in a special sense) is because Paul feels a sense of urgency and importance about the matters of the church, precisely because the church matters! (Some things important, but not urgent [teaching kids to drive]; other things are important only because they are urgent [picking up drywall scraps]; and still some things are both urgent and important [that's what we have here!]) We will see why the church matters as we unfold this text. But while we are here let me also point out the encouraging note that since Paul knew the uncertainty of his own plans (James 4:13-16) because God (not he) was sovereign, AND since Paul was passionately concerned for the church (i.e., it mattered to him), then he was lead to write down for us some of the most critical and detailed and practically helpful truth regarding matters of the church that exist in all the Bible. Oh, how trustworthy is our God in all of His wise and sovereign goodness that He would so ordain and bring to pass the creating of His own Self-revelation in the sacred Scriptures in such a way as this (i.e., in a letter)! The purpose of this letter is for Timothy and the Ephesian Church (and all churches, including PRC) to know how to behave. The noun form of the word here for "behave" is used in I Timothy 4:12 for "conduct" or some versions say, "life". It refers to all of the actions and words of a person, including the attitudes behind them. But the conduct Paul speaks of here has a context. The context is "the household of God". It isn't merely behavior in general, but how one behaves in the "household of God" that Paul is concerned about here. The phrase, "household of God", I think, needs to be understood with how Paul uses that same phrase and even just the word "household" in the most immediate context... so, reasoning from these, it most likely has the idea of "family" (see esp. I Tim. 3:4,5, 12 and 5:4). From here Paul wants to deepen and widen our understanding of this "household/family of God" by giving us synonyms: "church of the living God" and "pillar and buttress of truth". notes
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1 Timothy 3:14-15
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Ταῦτά σοι γράφω, ἐλπίζων ἐλθεῖν πρὸς σὲ τάχιον· ἐὰν δὲ βραδύνω,
I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay,
ἵνα εἰδῇς πῶς δεῖ ἐν οἴκῳ θεοῦ ἀναστρέφεσθαι,
you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God,
ἥτις ἐστὶν ἐκκλησία θεοῦ ζῶντος,
which is the church of the living God,
στῦλος καὶ ἑδραίωμα τῆς ἀληθείας.
a pillar and buttress of the truth.
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10000000069370 69370 Arc 2011-02-23 14:31:26 2011-02-26 06:31:53 editing 1 Timothy 3 14 3 15 1 Timothy 3:14-15 54 NT tisch esv i247686 i247682 Ταῦτά σοι γράφω, ἐλπίζων ἐλθεῖν πρὸς σὲ τάχιον· ἐὰν δὲ βραδύνω, I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, i247683 ἵνα εἰδῇς πῶς δεῖ ἐν οἴκῳ θεοῦ ἀναστρέφεσθαι, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, i247684 ἥτις ἐστὶν ἐκκλησία θεοῦ ζῶντος, which is the church of the living God, i247685 στῦλος καὶ ἑδραίωμα τῆς ἀληθείας. a pillar and buttress of the truth. 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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