Elders and Their Qualifications (3)
Now we will turn our attention to the actual qualifications that God has prescribed for elders.
I. The overseer must be above reproach. The KJV says “A bishop then must be blameless.” What does it mean to be above reproach or blameless? It does not mean that a person has never sinned. Peter, the Lord’s apostle became an elder, even though he had denied the Lord and was a hypocrite with regard to his conduct with Gentiles and Jews. (1 Peter 5: I) So, above reproach does not necessitate sinlessness in a person’s life. How could Peter become an elder with a sinful past? The key is in the word “past.” He corrected his ungodliness. He repented of his sins. He begged God for mercy and forgiveness. He turned away from his iniquity. To be above reproach means that one is above criticism or without fault. Nothing stands uncorrected.
Parents should start teaching their sons while they are young to live as clean a life as possible. Stay away from drugs, sexual immorality, and drunkeness. Preparation for leadership within the family of God should begin at an early age. The man who desires to be an overseer should make every effort to forsake every sin in his life, and the sooner the better!
2. The husband of one wife. The Greek Testament says, “one woman man.” Translations interpret this phrase to mean, “married only once,” (NRSV); “the husband of one wife,” (ASV, ESV) The ESV has a footnote that says, “Or a man of one woman.” The NIV 2011 says “faithful to his wife.” The fact is, the Greek phrase “mias gunaikos andra” can mean “husband of one wife.” (One woman man in the sense that he has just one wife.) It can also mean, “faithful to his wife.” (One woman, not having many women.) “Married only once” is an alternate translation. (He has been married to only one woman. Married only one time.)
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Morning Scripture Reading ………Philippians 1:1-5
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