1 Timothy 3:12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 01-19-2018 By: Gerrit Kamp

This verse is part of the instructions Paul gave to Timothy, about how the church in Ephesus should be run. The third chapter deals specifically with two groups of people within the church: overseers (episkopos in Greek) and deacons (diakonos). The overseers (supervisors, rulers) are those tasked with the responsibility to shepherd the flock (see Acts 20:28), protecting them from attacks from both within and without (Acts 20:29, 30). The deacons are servants, who serve the body of Christ in various ways. A good example of the distinction between them can be found in Acts 6, where the twelve apostles appointed seven people to serve (diakoneo) the physical needs of the believers (waiting on tables) so that they themselves could focus on prayer and teaching the Word.

Paul, in his instruction to Timothy, gives a long list of qualifications for both groups. A detailed exposition on these can be found on truthbase.net. We are focusing on two of them today in our verse above. So let’s dive into the Greek and see where that leads us.

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Mark 1:15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 12-22-2017 By: Gerrit Kamp

Our imperative this week is from the gospel of Mark. It is part of the mini summary of Jesus’ life prior to calling His disciples to follow him. Mark only spends 15 verses to describe John the Baptist, the temptation of Jesus in the dessert, and His early ministry. Luke takes 214 verses to come to the same point. As soon as Mark reached the point of the calling of the disciples, he slows down his pace significantly, making clear that his gospel is focused on Jesus teaching his disciples.

Our verse today comes just before this pivotal event in Mark, and, together with verse 14, it summarizes Jesus’ early ministry.

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1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 12-08-2017 By: Gerrit Kamp

This severe warning from Paul is found in his first letter to the Corinthians. In the passage, Paul blasts the Corinthians for their failure to resolve conflict amongst each-other and instead resolving the conflicts in secular courts. He argues first that they should be mature enough to judge issues among themselves, but in case that fails, that they should choose to rather be wronged.

He then continues:

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2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 11-18-2017 By: Gerrit Kamp

Peter writes this in his second epistle, which he wrote to wake up his sleepy audience’s pure minds (3:1). In this epistle, he used quite a bit of ink talking about the world’s upcoming destruction. He writes:

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening (or earnestly desiring, ASV) the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

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Luke 8:18 Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.

Category: Imperative of the Week Posted: 11-10-2017 By: Gerrit Kamp

We find this imperative in a tiny paragraph in the eighth chapter of the gospel of Luke. The command is that Jesus’ audience (the disciples) had to take heed how they were hearing. The greek for take heed is ‘blepo’ and it means to see, to be observant. This can be in a literal sense, with your eyes, or in a metaphorical sense, with your mind. In our verse today, it clearly is the latter option. Be careful, take heed, pay attention are all valid translations.

So what should the disciples be careful about? About how they hear. The greek for how you hear is ‘pos akouo’, which means indeed by what means or in what manner you hear. Then Jesus gives them the reason why they should be careful about how they hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.

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