Sunday, April 10, 2016

1 Timothy 5:7 (KJV) Blamelessness Defined

1 Timothy 5:7 (KJV)
And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
It seems to me that the use of the word blameless here helps define the term blameless in chapter three verse two. While many tend to take the hard line with its use in one case, it is obvious that it is not so used in this.
I see this as an excellent example of a place to apply the spirit and not the letter of the law. It is clear that, in this case, blameless means “in regards to” those things instructed in the context. As Gill puts it, “Concerning rebuking persons of a different age and sex, and concerning the maintenance of widows; and particularly that children provide for their parents when helpless; and that widows trust in God, and give themselves to prayer and supplication, and not live in sin.”
This supports the view that the previous passage should be interpreted similarly and that the bishop of a church must be blameless in the sense of those qualifications given in the context.
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1 Timothy 5:7 (KJV) Blamelessness Defined

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