The words Presbyter and Bishop are interchangeable (Greek episkopos, meaning shepherd, is used in LXX; Presbyter describes the post and comes from Hebrew usage in the Synagogue, and Bishop describes the work to be done by a Presbyter (that is, the work of oversight) and derives from Greek and Roman usage. The word Presbyter is more commonly used where there was a strong Jewish presence. This emphasis on church hierarchy was a key element in the fight against Gnostic heresy.
See comment on 1 Timothy 3:2–12.
This verse is supposed to be the origin of the traditional Amethyst ring on a Bishop's finger; a-meth-ist meaning not a drunkard.
We should be free of smutty talk because it is a symptom of, and encourages, impure thoughts.
The emphasis on God's grace "appearing" in these verses reminds us that Christianity is about God revealing himself to us, rather than us discovering God.
Jesus was tempted, so temptation is not sin, and we all experience it. Right living requires saying "no" to sinful ideas whenever we are tempted; failure to do so has characterised sin ever since the fall (Genesis 3:6). Jesus died so that we might have the power to win this battle (Ephesians 1:7).
Clergy should be able to relate to everyone.
This verse understands baptism as a hyper-washing that regenerates a person, saving them for eternal life.
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