A Shepherds Calling- Qualifications Part 2


Personal Qualifications

  • NOT QUARRELSOME- (“not a brawler”) (amachon) “without war”, not looking for a fight or “church fight”. The shepherd leader must not be contentious, causing factions to arise, rather he must be committed to the ministry of reconciliation. He must fight the good fight of faith with being an uncompromising pugilist(fighter)
  • NOT A LOVER OF MONEY- (“ covetous”) A shepherd leader must love his Master and not money. Many in and of its self is neither good nor bad. It’s the misuse of money and abuse of money is what makes it evil. The love of money causes all kinds of evil. The shepherd is not in the ministry for what he can gain. The office is not use to make a living. (Titus 1:7, 1 Peter 5:2. The shepherd must serve out
  • Family Qualifications

1 Timothy 3:4-5 (KJV)
4  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

  1. The Shepherd Leader Must Rule Well

(3:4, 5) The word “rule” is proistēmi, “to superintend, to preside over.” The word “own” is idios, “the bishop’s own, private, peculiar household, as contrasted to the household of God. The word “house” is masculine, oikos, “household.” The word “subjection” is hupotagē, “obedience, subjection.” The verb is hupotassō, “to arrange under, to subordinate.” It was originally a military term, used of a general arranging soldiers in battalions in military order. The words, “with all gravity,” are to be construed with the bishops having their children in obedience. Expositors quotes Dean Bernard’s comment to the effect that this is hardly a grace of childhood. The former authority translates, “with the strictest regard to propriety.”

Thayer defines the word as “that characteristic of a person or thing which entitles to reverence or respect, dignity, gravity, majesty, sanctity.” The word “well” is kalōs, “beautifully, finely, excellently, well.” The word “church” is ekklēsia, “a called-out body of individuals who assemble in a certain place”; in the Christian sense, the Mystical Body of Christ, composed of believing sinners called into salvation. The word is also used of a local church or assembly.

Translation: Presiding over his own household in a beautiful manner, holding children within the sphere of obedience, doing so with the strictest regard to propriety. Indeed, if a person does not know how to preside over his own household, how is it possible that he take care of God’s assembly?

 

 

  1. The Shepherd Must Parent Well(4b)

having his children in subjection with all gravity;

, holding children within the sphere of obedience, doing so with the strictest regard to propriety.

  1. The shepherd leader control of his household is constant (echonta) stresses a habit of life.( how they roll)
  2. The children must “obey the shepherd leader” in subjection (en huptagei)
  3. The shepherd leader must obey to general command to parent. Eph. 6:4, Col 3:1
  4. The Shepherd Must Care For The Church(5)

1 Timothy 3:5 (KJV)
5  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Indeed, if a person does not know how to preside over his own household, how is it possible that he take care of God’s assembly?

It is impossible for a poor father to become a good shepherd. It’s possible for a good father to be a poor shepherd but only “good fathers” qualify”

 

Notice if you please that the verb “take care” (epimelestai) is used elsewhere only of the “good Samaritan and the inn keeper who both meet the needs of injured pilgrims. (Luke 10:34-35) I am convinced that the this office in itself is Good Samaritan ministry.

  • Spiritual Qualifications(6-7)

  1. The Shepherd Leader Must Be A Mature Believer(6)

1 Timothy 3:6 (KJV)
6  Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil

Translation: Not a new convert, lest, having his mind blinded by pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

.(3:6) The word “novice” is neophutos, made up of neos, “new,” and phuō, “to spring up.” The word is used of newly-planted palm trees. It is used here of a new convert. The words, “being lifted up with pride,” are tuphoō, “to raise a smoke, to emit smoke, smoulder,” hence metaphorically, “to blind with pride or conceit.” The noun describes a person who is in a beclouded or stupid state of mind as the result of pride. The condemnation of the devil refers to the fact that Satan is under the condemnatory sentence of God because of his original sin of rebellion against God, which sin was motivated by pride. Alford says that the decisive word which gives us the correct interpretation is krima, which in a context such as this, is to be rendered “condemnation,” not “judgment.” Expositors concurs in Alford’s judgment.

Translation: Not a new convert, lest, having his mind blinded by pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

 

 

  1. The Shepherd Leader Must Have A Good Reputation

A Good Report- With Stand The Public Eye Test

(3:7) The words, “good report,” are marturian kalēn, “an excellent testimony.” “Those without” refers to the non-Christian world in the midst of which the saints live. Expositors says: “In the passage before us, indeed, St. Paul may be understood to imply that the opinion of ‘those without’ might usefully balance or correct that of the Church. There is something blameworthy in a man’s character if the consensus of outside opinion be unfavorable to him; no matter how much he may be admired and respected by his own party. . . . One cannot safely assume, when we are in antagonism to it, that, because we are Christians, we are absolutely in the right and the world wholly wrong. Thus to defy public opinion in a superior spirit may not only bring discredit (reproach) on one’s self and on the Church, but also catch us in the devil’s snare, namely, a supposition that because the world condemns a certain course of action, the action is therefore right and the world’s verdict may be safely set aside.”

Translation: Moreover, it is a necessity in the nature of the case for him to be having an excellent testimony from those on the outside, lest he fall into reproach and into the snare of the devil.

Give God The Glory!