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This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:2 one wife. Both bishops and deacons (I Timothy 3:12) must be monogamous and permanent in their marriages, in accord with God’s primeval command, as reinforced by Christ (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-8).


3:2 apt to teach. It is vital that a bishop (same office as pastor) have the gift of teaching God’s Word. This is not mentioned as a requirement for deacons.


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