What Does It Mean That An Elder Must Be the Husband of One Wife?

What Does It Mean That An Elder Must Be the Husband of One Wife? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Observations:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say an elder must have always been the husband of one wife.
  2. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say an elder must currently be the husband of one wife.
  3. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say a man cannot be an elder unless he is the husband of one wife.
  4. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say a man has to be married to be an elder.
  5. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say an elder cannot have had any treachery, dishonor, and disobedience to Christ in their past.
  6. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 says an elder’s life must be known for being above reproach in how they live today.
  7. 1 Timothy 3:1-2 does not say a man who has divorce in his past but is humble about it and repentant of it cannot be an elder.

Scripture:

“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer,
it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach…” 1 Timothy 3:1-2

“An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,
temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.” 1 Timothy 3:2-3

“I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is
good for a man to remain as he is.” 1 Corinthians 7:26

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He
considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly
a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor.” 1 Timothy 1:12-13

“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among
you, as is proper among saints…” Ephesians 5:3

“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

Other Resources:

Why Does Paul Say, “Those Who Have Wives Should Live As Though They Had None”?

What Is The Meaning of Jesus’ Exception Clause in Matthew 19:9?

What’s The Best Way To Start Off A Marriage?

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