1 Timothy 3:14-15 ; “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.”
church: the Adat HaEl Chai – the Community of the Living God, from a Jewish translation.
We always have to be careful to not right away conclude will reading. It is so easy to translate words you read and connect them with the way you formed life. My way of being family can be so different from other cultures and therefor I don’t want to write from my own, translated perspective. Finding verses in the bible therefor can never be used as a proof of what is in my heart, but they need to be an adding, a teaching as we all need to be willing to learn. We need to be willing to take our standards and mirror them with the biblical truth.
As Paul is writing to Timothy, helping him to teach the church, he make this amazing statement about the household of God, the church of the living God: a pillar and buttress of the truth!
pillar |noun a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.
buttress |noun 1 a structure of stone or brick built against a wall to strengthen or support it. 2 a source of defense or support.
In his letters to Timothy, Paul is helping to shape a save and godly environment in the christian community. Of course the word church comes up many times in his letters, but never address the word church from the human-formed end conclusion we live in today. What mainly stands out to me is the way he compares and connects the safety and trustworthiness of those who “lead”, with the structure one lives from: the family!
1 Timothy 3:3-13 This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy— one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’strap.
Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Please don’t waist your time in your reactions by writing me about the issue of man and woman and leadership and so on, because I am addressing none of these issues. I love the fact that Paul is thinking and writing from the God-given structure, referring to the way man and wife are connected and respected in the marriage and forming their family, their household. There is a qualification issue here that is the subject and the only qualification comes from the place of your own authority!
My writing today is mainly an encouragement to review your life, your function, your husband or wife values, your father and mother responsibility and start a process of regaining your rightful place. With it you will be able to influence your direct environment and life from a good reputation. As we grew strange from the original design, we live in the times of restoration and it starts in your life, your household. So, stop trying to fix the things that are beyond your responsibility and influence and start living from the environment from where God can use you. Wouldn’t it be great when they can say about your house:
…”these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7
An altar in the house, a sacrifice of praise in the family, a house of prayer for your nation! Your house: a household of God!