MORNINGTIME 3291

by Benjamin Munsell on November 4, 2019
MORNINGTIME 3291 
 
This is a true saying, IF A MAN DESIRE the office of a bishop, he desireth A GOOD WORK. 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. 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. 1 Timothy 3:1,13,15. Take a minute and re-read all of 1 Timothy chapter 3, and read it as an illustration of not a deacon or elder, but as a Christian. The intent here is not to see the office and position of deacon and elder, but to take all the GOoD Qualities called for here, and apply them to your Life, AS A CHRISTIAN. From this perspective, both men and women can attain to the Office, the Position, the Life and Lifestyle OF CHRIST AND CHRISTLIKENESS. NO Believer, NO Follower of Christ will be left out of The Call to Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS. Isn't the Desire to Grow in the Things of the Lord, His Qualities, and His Attributes, all Things we're all supposed to Desire in Life anyway? This chapter is one place of many that "list" the Attributes of a Christian. In the 5 fold ministries of Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor and Teacher, don't look at the Office or Position of men, look at the Attributes OF CHRIST called for to just be known AS A CHRISTIAN. The Qualities of Holy, Righteous, and Pure are all IN CHRIST, therefore, they are to be IN CHRISTIANS. and yes, as we get closer to the End of all things and the Return of Christ, ALL CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE THE ATTRIBUTES OF CHRISTLIKENESS, from the youngest of lambs, to the oldest of mature sheep. Paul was Saved, the thief on the cross was Saved, 2 levels of Maturity, but BOTH WERE SAVED. Both spent the rest of their Lives Growing in Christ. The importance of your POSITION IN the Body of Christ is not as important as BEING in the Body of Christ. Consider CHRISTLIKENESS, and, Be Blessed. 
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