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* Concept and etymology of the deacon

* The Diaconate in the New Testament

* Requirements for deacons

* Requirements for Deacons

Background Scripture: 1 Timothy 3: 8-13

8The Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9Attractions Holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10And these also first be proved, and then serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11The wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12The deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their homes. 13For the exercising well as deacons gain to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.


In the present studies Beloved Brothers has been pleased with our God, teach me and give me wisdom through His Holy Spirit, so the To glorify through teaching that gives us, as expressed by Paul guided by the Holy Spirit to Timothy, ( 2 Timothy 3: 16, 17), I ask that we continue to strive for and as written in (1 Peter 5: 10, 11), we are filled with “FE”, relying on this promise, we must now understand that only the “FE “in Christ, lead us to salvation and eternal life, and no discussion of things that do not lead to any spiritual edification, so discard these things and keep sound doctrine in our hearts, which is the powerful weapon be used by the Spirit of God to take us to his beautiful presence. (1 Cor. 4: 20) “Amen.”

Concept and etymology of the deacon:

Concept: Cleric Priest lower grade (Spanish Language Dictionary), The Latin “Diaconus” and the Greek “diakonos” and means: Servant or server service.

Adapting this concept to the Holy Church today would be: Deacon servant is vested by the power of the Holy Spirit to minister (serve), the Saints in their congregations.

The diaconate in the New Testament:

Many theological controversies that have arisen around this issue, but rather the “diakonia” or service to others was common in many Semitic-speaking peoples (descendants of Shem “Gen. 10: 1”) and more in Early Church, this term never completely loses its connection with providing material needs and compliance services (eg, Rom. 15.25 in the context; 2 Cor. 8.4). The waiter is still diakonos (John 2: 5, 9), the act of serving the table Martha (Luke 10: 40) and the attention of the mother of Peter (Mark 1: 31) are cases of diakonia. Christ’s insistence that his coming was to serve (Mark 10: 45) should be considered in light of this. It is significant that in (Luke 22: 26) following the statement of Christ is located in the context of table service. The Lord is the ultimate deacon, who serves on the board of his people (Rev. 19: 9). And as these passages show, the “diaconate” is, in this sense, a mark of his entire church.

Basically, “diakonos” is a server, and often serving table, or waiter. In Hellenistic times also came to represent certain officials and temple worship, which underlay the Christian technical use. The overall sense is common in the NT, either for royal servants (Mt 22: 13) or a servant of God (1 Thess. 3: 2). In one passage Paul describes Epaphras “deacon” of Christ and himself as “deacon” of the gospel and the church (Col. 1: 7, 23, 25). Other exercise diakonia to Paul (Acts 19: 22, 13 and perhaps Filemon Col. 4: 7, Eph. 6: 21), the context shows that in these cases it was their assistants in evangelistic work. Find here the origin of the idea of the bishop after his deacon is to force the language. In other words, diakonia is applied here especially to preaching and pastoral work. (Analysis of the word “diakonos” in the original Greek of the New Testament).

Now it should be noted that the point that concerns us in this part really arises is whether the diaconate as ministerial role or not in the NT. for which we will scrutinize these verses and see the light of the word.

Chapter 6 in Spanish:

1In those days when the number of disciples, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples, and said: It is not that we should leave the word of God to serve tables. 3Buscad, brethren, from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this job. 4Y ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. 5Agrad the proposal to all the multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the 6th apostles , who prayed, they placed their hands.

Chapter 6 in Greek:

6 Jen; tai `” hJmevrai “tauvtai” plhqunovntwn tw `n` n ejgevneto maqhtw goggusmo; “tw` n `n JEllhnistw pro;” tou; “JEbraivou” or you {`nt pareqewrou ejn th` / diakoniva / th `/` kaqhmerinh / JIA aujtw ch `rai` n. 2proskalesavmenoi of; OIJ dwvdeka to; plh `qo” maqhtw tw `n` n ei \ bread: `hJma oujk ejstin ajrestovn” kataleivyanta “to; lovgon tou` n `qeou diakonei trapevzai `n”. 3ejpiskevyasqe dev, ajdelfoiv to [ndra “` n marturoumevnou uJmw EJX “eJptav, plhvrei” pneuvmato “kai; sofiva” ou} “katasthvsomen ejpi, th` “creiva” tauvth “4hJmei` “of , th `/` proseuch / kai th `/ diakoniva / tou` lovgou proskarterhvsomen. 5kai h [resen lovgo oJ “ejnwvpion panto,” tou `plhvqou” kai; ejxelevxanto Stevfanon to [ndra plhvrh “pivstew” kai; pneuvmato “aJgivou, kai kai Fivlippon; Provcoron kai; Nikavnora kai kai Tivmwna; Parmena` n kai; Nikovlaon proshvluton jAntioceva, 6ou} “e [sthsan ejnwvpion ajpostovlwn tw` n, kai; proseuxavmenoi ejpevqhkan aujtoi `” ta, “cei` ra “.

Let us turn to an analysis of these verses, it is necessary to use the verses as written originally in Greek, and with the guidance and help of the Holy Spirit, we will demonstrate that this “ministry”, born in the NT., Now dissect verses of this chapter 6 of Acts …

Verse 1: “The Problem”: Began a murmur, having grown the number of disciples, and many widows were neglected in the daily distribution, which led to a meeting of the Apostles as a matter of urgency, to discuss this issue and find the solution, we can also see here that if they practiced “diakonia” by the Apostles and other brothers who though not mentioned it is understood that helped in this business of “serving tables”, “Diakonia”, in a regular basis.

Verse 2: “Reason”: After the Apostles expose the reason why they are a little tricky to get this job done, because they saw that there was a great need to preach the word of God, of course without leaving to address this issue, then propose a solution to the problem for the squad (Disciples), could also deliberate on the subject and object.

Verse 3 and 4: “The Proposal”: Here is detailed proposal of the Apostles, who led Holy Spirit say is necessary: “Search 7 men of testimony, and filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and so they persist in preaching and prayer. ”

Verse 5: “The Solution” We do not know exactly how hard this discussion, but apparently it was not long since we denote the response of the disciples which we declare the word in this verse that “pleased the crowd” Praise God that’s beautiful lead left by our beloved Lord as well and there is unity and harmony, living God add blessings, then in the same verse mentions the names of the seven men who met the requirements as set forth by the Apostles.

Now for something to just seven and not ten or twenty, because only 7, Because so few brothers, No more brothers that met these requirements Consider that there was much need among them having grown the number of them, go ahead and see what the word says in the next verse.

Verse 6: “The Appointment”: “And they set before the apostles, who prayed, they placed their hands”, here is the answer to our mystery, A) The early church had the “No. 07”, as the God’s perfect number, number which many exegetes and theologians, presented as the number denoting the perfection of God, we could also assume that the Apostles filled with the Holy Spirit, decided that was enough only seven men “Filled with the Holy Spirit” , B) Here in this verse shows us that you are assigning or creating a new position within the Church, as one of the signs of the imposition of hands was, that he was assigning a ministry or responsibility within the Church, both “AT”

(Numbers 27: 18, 23) and “N.T.” There are four passages where the imposition of hands is for the appointment of someone to a trade or a new responsibility (Done 6:6, 13:3, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6).

After this analysis, this portion of scripture, we see that the ministerial function of the “Deacon” (Servers), if born in the “NT” although in these verses of our version (King James 1960) does not mention the word “deacon” exactly, we must understand that it is only by translation into our language the “Castilian” I explain this point: in the original Greek in this chapter 6 Fact displayed two (02) times the word “diakoniva” (pronounced “Diaconia” = Service, Ministering, Etc.):

*. – 1 st: In verse (1) which is translated in our version as “Distribution”

*. – The 2 nd: In verse (4) as “Ministry”.

The other word that appear verse (2) once is “diakonei` n “(pronounced” Diaconein “= Also Serving, Ministering, Etc.), which is translated in our version as” Serve “.

Now because this difference, We must first understand that the Greek “Koine” (language or language the NT was written in its entirety), is a language rich in words and meaning and second in our version (King James 1960), the translator (Queen using the “Textus Receptus NT version Considered, the most reliable source in Greek” and then reviewed by Valera) meant to imply what was intended to show the translated phrase, there is a difference of In this sense we can now understand why that can not easily see the institution of the Diaconate in this chapter, which begins with the discussion of the (v. 1) than for the glory of God the appointment genre of the seven holy men, in order to meet the “Diakonia”, these should help the Apostles in the temporal (Attention to widows, serve tables, etc..) Materials issues (Manage offerings and Saints donations) and Spiritual (Preach, Pray, monitor, etc.) and so the Apostles would be devoted to the ministry of the word and prayer (Acts 6: 4), so we must understand that the role of a deacon besides serving is also ministering the gospel of God fulfilling the great commission (Mark 16: 15, 16).

But these functions or duties still apply in our time where our obligation is to maintain:

* Order: Organization, reverence and discipline (1 Cor 14: 40)

* Care for the elderly and widows of the church. (1 Tim. 5: 3, James 1: 27)

* Issues Ministering Church Materials (Collection of offerings, tithes, etc..)

* In spiritual matters (Prayer, meekly to warn the brothers not walk according to the healthy and holy word of God, preach and teach the sacred word, Etc.), (Acts 20: 31, Ephesians 4:1)

* Service, but all are of service or “Diakonia”, I mean the point is to serve the saints (Lord’s Supper), into submission and humility which should be our main way of walking, since ” Serve “is that we were called, reminded Lord Jesus who came to serve and not to be served (Mark 10: 45, 9: 35, Matthew 23: 11, Luke 22: 26)

We need to know as well as additional information, in the pastoral epistles.

“Paul and Timothy advises:” Do not neglect the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of hands of the presbytery “(1 Tim. 4.14). This passage gives us three pieces of information concerning the Timothy management.

First, it meant that he gave one, the spiritual gift needed for the work of ministry. Second, this gift came “by (day) prophecy. Thirdly, it came with (meta) the imposition of hands of the elders. The essence of management is the divine gift. Nothing can replace this. But There is also an outdoor ceremony, the laying on of hands.’s possible that Paul is referring to the same rite when he speaks of his own imposition of hands to Timothy (2 Tim. 1.6), but should not overlook the possibility of being with someone else rite here, maybe something more like confirmation Anglican (or Catholic) that ordination. Maybe we could make a more accurate judgment if we knew when this event took place, either at the beginning Paul’s association with Timothy, or shortly before the making of the card. Yeah, with most commentators assume that refers to the management, the meaning is that Paul joined the elders in the imposition of hands, which in any case would likely antecedently. Probably we have here another reference to the same ordering of the words about “the prophecies previously made concerning you” (1 Tim. 1.18). Sorting is always a solemn matter, it may be that the words “Lay hands suddenly on no man” (1 Tim. 5.22) have the sense to highlight this fact. But given the context may be more likely to relate to the reception of penitents returning to the fold. All this provides a pretty lean harvest, which is all the more daunting, since the pastoral epistles show us how important the ministry, especially in terms of the functions of the priest and the deacon. Tito, for example, instructed to “appoint elders in every city” (Titus 1.5), paying close attention to the requirements to be met by ministers.’s possible to suggest that believers nursing management adopted the similar institution in Judaism, but this does not get us very far. All we can say for sure is that what matters for the ministry is the gift of God, and that the essential rite in primitive times seems to have been to the imposition of hands with prayer ”

Well once you defined this point and that is that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God, we have understood, we will study the next part of our study

C) Requirements for deacons

To this point will detail with the help of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the first book directed by Paul to Timothy chapter 3 verses 8 to 12 (1st Tim. 3: 8-12), for which I will rely on the following Bible Versions:

1. – New Testament Interlinear Greek-Spanish, (Abbreviation “GE”)

2. – Pentecostal Bible Study Portuguese version “translated” (“BP”)

3. – Pastoral Edition New American Bible (“BL”)

4. – New World Bible Translation (“BNM”)

5. – KJV Bible 1960 (“BRV”)

This is not because the word of God is different, but a single as clarified by the Holy Spirit, through our Brother Paul (2 Tim. 3:16), the purpose of this is: 1) Compare and give it a better sense to each of the requirements of God, to exercise the diaconate, and 2) also show that although there are different versions of the Holy Scriptures, are one because here demonstrate once again that all say the same (Glory to God) ..

Now for the 1st. Timothy 3: 8 to 10.12

“8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved, then let them use the deacon, being found blameless. 11 their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 The deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their homes. ”

Requirements for deacons:

1.) HONEST: Decent, modest, Honored. (“B.R.V.”)

A) In the original Greek ” ” “respectable or worthy of respect, consider-able (” GE “).

B) Honest (“B.P”)

C) Respectable (“B.L”)

D) Serious, ie giving importance to things, conscientious (“BNM”)

Then, referring to the first requirement Honest also teaches us to be: decent, demure, honest, sober respectable, have great teachings in Scripture of men with these qualities as: “Abraham (Gen. 14: 17-24) “,” Moses (Exodus ch. 5-11) “” Joseph “very respectable man (Gen. 41: 37-57)” and many others, men subject to passions but like us, whose honesty he translated or converted into great blessings of God (1 Cor. 7: 35; 1 Samuel 2: 30). Amen.

2.) NOT FOLD: “Simulation, Wits. (” B.R.V. “)

A) In the original Greek ” ” “not double-word, that is not hypocrisy, that is saying something about, and one other (Pretending). (” GE “)

B) No Dual Language (“B.P”)

C) one word (“B.L.”)

D) No Dual Language (“B.N.M.”)

Here we are taught that the deacon must be a person who speaks the truth (1 Cor. 5: 8; 3 John 4), without hypocrisy with his neighbor but stating the truth as we learn from the Holy Spirit through Paul in ( Ephesians 4: 25, and again tells us that blessed are those who refrain his tongue from sinning against God (James 1: 26), also in Chapter 3 verses 9 and 10, we still teach the brother James, we use our mouth not to ingratiate ourselves with men, but to glorify God with it, so let us love not in heart of feigned lips, when Christ comes to meet us prepared. (Psalm 34: 13, 39: 1; Prov. 10: 12; 18, 20, 1 Peter 3: 10) “Glory to God for all eternity.”

3.) Not given to much wine: (“B.R.V.”)

A) In the original Greek: ” ” “not addicted to much wine, that is not very addicted to wine ( “GE”).

B) not much given to wine (“B.P”)

C) the use of moderate wine is wine avoid excess (“BL”)

D) not given to much wine (“B.N.M.”)

The topic is very extensive wine already been much controversy over the ages, and although really not the point that we will try, just leads us to treat as it is included in this requirement, many peoples and traditions used by custom wine to digest food, even in our times there are cities or countries like Spain and Italy where the custom is to make the wine, like us water or juice, but praise God that we diverged from the customs and traditions of this world and has called us to be holy because He is holy (Romans 1: 7, Ephesians 1:4, Hebrews 12: 14), thus leading him to the spiritual realm our food should be the word of God and the Spirit came Santo, which helps us digest it or understand it, it means that for that time it was customary to take a little wine which if made too much and fell in disgrace (1 Cor. 6: 10), so Paul says that “No much given to wine “Paul was emphasizing what is self-control in all areas of life including the good (Proverbs 25: 27) so it is incorrect to assume that Paul demanded that they could drink some wine (fermented), it He was teaching in this verse Paul was in a different sense of “WINE”, which was not intoxicating, which was certainly was warning against excessive use unfermented wine amid a pagan society, and so not invalidate the first requirement. “Hallelujah”

4.) Not greedy of filthy lucre: That is not eagerly desire the things that come with bribery or incorrectly (“BRV”)

A) In the original Greek says: “” No Friend of sordid gain, ie gain friends not dirty, mean or indecent (“GE”)

B) Not Taken greedy for clumsily, that is not seeking profits are indecent awkwardness for the son of God. (“B.P”)

C) not to seek ill-gotten money (“B.L”)

D) Not hungry for profits with dishonesty (“BNM”)

Study this point in detail, with the help of Almighty God, not greedy, not greedy for coming so indecent, filthy or evil wins, it is included in that we should not preach the gospel with a view to profit. The word of God is not to negotiate, we must speak or preach the message that reveals the Father to us wherever and to whomever without expecting anything in return, but for the glory of God, if it is correct that the laborer is worthy of his hire (1 Cor. 5: 18), many have misunderstood this verse as a reference for taking profits incorrectly, what this verse really means is that when a Holy Ghost or God is called to the ministry of Christ, the Lord of all I know places in the heart of the church must give as his anointed for the work done in this holy congregation, no fee is required to put this God is who pays and rewards, so it is wrong to take the ministry of preaching (The Holy Gospel), as working for profits, (Proverbs 15: 6), teaches us that: A) In the House just never needed anything Why, because God meets your needs, is God not man (Psalm 5:12, 37: 16, 25, Proverbs 10: 3, 13: 21). B) But gains disturbance in the wicked, that is their end is destruction (Psalm 73: 27), “Hallelujah”, remember to Balaam, than trying to acquire dishonest gains which he knew better than to try decided curse God’s holy people (Israel), and what it did was bring horrific curse and judgment for him (Hebrews 10: 26-39), let us leave loved because of filthy lucre as he who turns away from the place of danger to life, hope in God and supply all necessary for our daily bread (Matthew 6: 25-33, Hebrews 13: 5).

5.) Who keep the faith ministry, with a clear conscience: but keep sound doctrine unencumbered by falsehoods and maintain true faith in Christ (“BRV”).

A) In the original Greek: ” ” tov MNST “piotew” in kaqarav ouneid “Taking the ministry of faith in a pure conscience (” GE “).

B) Keeping the ministry of faith in pure conscience (“BP”)

C) to observe the ministry of faith with a clear conscience (“BL”)

D) Keeping the sacred secret of the faith with a clear conscience (“BNM”)

In (1 Tim. 1: 19-20), The Holy Spirit declares more openly, making this requirement Hymenaeus and Alexander as an example, Paul expresses in a sharp and severe, implying that this is to be taken seriously, the surrender to Satan to learn not to blaspheme (against the Word of God and the Faith), thus exhorts us to keep faith in sound doctrine and to not shipwrecked among fables and false teachings, The Lord teaches us in this 5th: A) The Ministry of the faith (Ephesians 3: 3, 6). B) with a clear conscience. (Acts 24: 16, 1 Tim. 1: 5, 2 Cor. 1: 3, 1 Peter 3: 16),! Praise be to God, as faithful soldiers jealously keep the word of life, the Logos of God, that is Jesus Christ (John 1: 1, 14: 6, 17: 17), and so when they come snares faith, attacks, filled with pure conscience word of life (Christ), on behalf powerful reject these snares and false doctrines or apostasy, because our mind free (clean with the precious blood of Christ Jesus), Satan will have an opportunity to tempt us to change our faith, as we will be full of Truth “CHRIST”, since as We have known for many in our time who have left the truth by going after Vanities (Such as the prosperity doctrine), had not dawned on them Christ, the Ministry did not keep faith with pure conscience. (God have mercy).

6.) Be proved first, and serve as deacons being found blameless (“BRV”)

A) The Original Greek: ” , Are tested first, then minister being blameless, ie “Be tested first, then minister being blameless” (“GE”).

B) be tested first, and then serve (This is to minister, serve), if they were blameless (“BP”).

C) are tested first and then, if there is nothing against them, are accepted as deacons (“BL”)

D) That first try these in terms of fitness, then serve as ministers, to be free of charge (“BNM”).

We see here the Word is clear on this 6th requirement that they be tested, in what, in his testimony (Matthew 7: 15-20), the Lord Jesus teaches us that by their fruits you shall know the believer, because through of these fruits will know the testimony or “fitness” (“BNM”), the believer, let in (2 Cor. 8: 22), in this account that Paul makes here, which mentions a Brother who sent Titus , from which its name is not mentioned, but presumably with a good chance that it was Lucas (The Doctor and Evangelist), which has already helped to deliver the churches (It is understood that he was known for his good report and trust in the Lord) (2 Cor. 12: 18), also see in (Daniel 6: 4.5), here the governors and other leaders sought to find occasion against Daniel, but scripture says that these same leaders with their manifested own words “That they could find or missing,” Glory to God, Daniel was living according to the Word of God (5th requirement), and although these men led by Satan persuaded King Darius on his deception. To throw Daniel to the lion’s den, yet God’s book, since it was found no guile or missing (Jeremiah 20: 11) Hallelujah Amado keep this holy testimony knowing that we have to please the living until the day of eternity, and even get up envy, and false witness, God will give us victory (Hebrews 13: 6), let us beware blamelessly as these holy men and many more of which the Holy Scriptures testify, to glorify God with our lives (2 Tim. 3: 12, Matthew 10: 19-20).

7.) The deacons be the husbands of one wife: (“BRV”)

A) In the original Greek says: “mia” v “andre” “a (single) women are husbands, (” GE “).

B) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife (“BP”)

C) the deacons be married only once (“BL”)

D) Let ministerial servants be husbands of one wife (“BNM”)

It is totally clear that here tacit and Holy Word condemns polygamy, or having multiple wives in patriarchal times the Lord allowed this only to comply with the promise he made to Abraham (Genesis 15: 5-6), this for that period dispensational, but now we are in the dispensation of grace and holiness, that believers (Christians) must have only one wife would otherwise adultery (Gal. 5: 19, 21), besides this the same God teaches that the man who joins a woman is already one flesh (Genesis 2: 24) and (1 Thess. 4: 4) “Everyone should learn to control his own wife (Paul is speaking in the singular” WIFE ” not “wives” in the plural), which have greater example of the Lord Jesus who has only one wife, not two (Rev. 21: 9), which marry her (Rev. 19: 7), Beloved wife have our holiness and love as Christ loves His Holy Church (Ephesians 5: 25), or will that glorious morning beautiful “When the roll is called aya, happy in my name I will answer” (Titus 1: 6) Amen.

8.) Ruling their children and their homes: (“BRV”)

A) In the original Greek says: ” ” “A good directing children and their own houses, that is ruling their children and their own houses. (” GE “)

B) That ruling their children and their own home (“BP”)

C) That ruling their children and their own home (“BL”)

D) And excellently preside [their] children and their own houses (“BNM”)

The Word teaches us (1 Timothy 3: 4), ruling his house having his children in subjection (obedience), in all honesty and in verse 5 says (he who knows not how to rule his own house care of the Church), but these verses are addressed as prerequisites for the pastors also apply to deacons as clear at first about the similarities of these requirements, unfortunately we live in a society increasingly laden with sin and vanities , which is very appealing to our children, when some of them start to move from children to adolescents and then to the adult stage, they enter into a process of rebellion, some of our brothers with children born in the gospel have been privileged guide them from small roads in the Lord (Prov. 22: 6) and when they are trying to reveal the Lord helped rearguyndolos through his word, even if some have not believed there are many who remain, but when, we come to the gospel and our children in adolescence stage is where the process starts strong for some Christian parents, to try to correct our children and often want to force them to come to Christ, it is not taught in the Lord (Ephesians 6: 4, Col. 3: 21) we see that the word does not teach that provoke our children to anger the Lord to me many times that there Ministered Christian parents (who have the Holy Spirit) who abuse their children are beaten in a way that out their anger on their children to these the Lord sends me to repent and that failure to take him guiltless that such a thing does, one thing is discipline and other abuse, I have heard of some Christians they say: “So I raised my a stick”, if that was not to come to them to unload their bitterness and anger to their children that have nothing to do with what they went through, but not abuse amonestmoslos if all we want our children were fervent in the Lord but is a process (1 Peter 5: 10,11) has promised in (Acts 16: 31), as if to remind us it was a process that God bring us to Christ and to remove our transgressions (often commit and against God himself) in them is not the difference, of course now easier because our prayers help your convertimiento, the other point that you should also take into account (1 Tim. 5: 8) We must also ensure and keep our house worthy of a servant of God, as some that the Lord delivered a beautiful ministry to have been neglected in their homes with room for Satan (the Lord God rebuke him), to destroy the beauty that God has given them as children, and his wife (the home), I have heard many who say: “God First, Second and Third God God”, this is not bad but most say it takes into home a hell, as neglected as a quiet person can minister knowing your house collapses piece by piece, as do God’s work as a good soldier without neglecting the care of our home, remember (1 Tim . 5: 8), “Whoever does not make up for his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel,” God give us wisdom and temperance to accomplish this and glorify his name. “AMEN”.


Currently happens in many congregations, taking in a literal way (1 Tim. 2: 11-12), leaving the woman minister, but really what Paul is teaching is in order to keep the church as in ( Gal. 3: 28), Paul himself teaches us that no man or woman are equal in Christ, (Gal. 3: 26), are all children of God (Acts 2: 17), all receive the Holy Spirit ( 1 Cor. 11: 5), women prophesy (Phil. 4: 3), are collaborating and exercise teaching in church (2 Tim. 1: 5, Titus 2: 3-4) also find that Phoebe was diakonos of the church in Cenchrea (Rom. 16: 1) Some versions translate title “servant” (“servant”), but more likely, “servant”, now the word “all” refers only to men Spirit is speaking or globally, behold, God is no respecter of person but who wants to give the ministry gives it, who are we with our prejudices, to take a single verse “misinterpreted by many,” for invalidate many verses that tell the truth.

About 111 A.D. Pliny, governor of Bithynia, reported to have interrogated under torture two servants whom they called deaconesses (ministrae) on Christian rites. “Maid” can denote here secular position, or its role in the Christian community, no doubt looking for evidence of cannibalism Pliny.

Later there appeared to clear literary references on Didascalia deaconesses before the third century. Consequently, some have doubted the existence of such an office in New Testament times. But given that the early Christians observed meticulously everything they had been taught, many of the functions assigned to the deaconesses in later literature (eg visits women in pagan households) also correspond to apostolic times. A priori, therefore, the likely appointment of deaconesses. Furthermore Lc. 8.2 below can be deeply meaningful. His duties would be precisely analogous to the deacons were, as suggested by our two New Testament passages, simply “female deacons”. (The special rear end “diakonissa” probably arose when they were returning distinctive liturgical functions of deacons).

Already clarified this point through the Bible, let’s move that also generated controversy and although there are many theologians who claim that Paul is referring to the wives of deacons, let’s spell this verse which is what concerns us and that the Lord through his Holy Spirit of Understanding.

1 Tim. 3: 11

“The wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.”

“Their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things” (KJV 1909)

1.) THE wives be grave: (“BRV”)

A) The original Greek says: ” ” wsautw “sem ” “is also necessary that (are) respectable women (” GE “)

B) In the same way women are honest (“BP”)

C) Women are equally respectable (“BL”)

D) The women likewise must be serious (“BNM”)

About honesty, respectable and serious, as we have studied the requirement (No. 01), for deacons, concerns us now analyze whom Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit, is referring to Deaconesses or to the wives of deacons.

When we read in the original Greek “is necessary (need) that also (that also), are respectable women”

We see begins verse 8: “Deacons likewise must be honest” and verse 11: “The wives be grave,” first compare: (“Deacons likewise” “their wives”), which is the difference, that take the first case and the second male in female, now study what means “ALSO”, according to the dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish language is: “Also, as a statement of equality, similarity, agreement or relationship” now see in what sense the word is used in the New Testament:

Matthew 13: 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.” (Used to match)

Acts 14: 1 “to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude of Jews and Greeks” (also to Match)

1 Cor. 7: 3 “The husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to her husband.” (To compare equality “also women”, note the expression equal to the 1st Timothy verscula 11)

And so many verses that teach us the difference of what you are trying, as we understand the word here studied “also” is not referring to the wives of deacons but to differentiate which is attaching a requirement for a woman in equality before the man, if Paul was referring to the wives of deacons, had used a phrase such as (1 Thess. 4: 4), “Your, own wife.” Amado’s word is clear and is its own interpreter when referring to “their wives be honest”, is referring to: “Women (Deacons) be grave.”

2) not slanderers: (“B.R.V.”)

A) The original Greek says: ” ” “, not slanderers (” GE “)

B) No cursing (“B.P.”)

C) No Chismosas (“B.L.”)

D) not slanderers (“B.N.M”)

Notice the word used in Greek ” ” “, pronounced” diabolous “which also means: Forgery, Deceit, defamation, slander, perjury, lying, gossip, the Divine Word teaches us (Prov. 11: 13), that we should walk in gossip and also speaks in (1 Tim. 5: 13), this must be one of the prerequisites for deaconesses and deacons in the church of God, which unfortunately is a very covertly cast in corrupting and damaging holy people communion with the Almighty, we must tread beloved “Fold”, nowhere and glorify God with our mouths (Ephesians 5: 19), these, do and God will honor … “Amen.”

3) but temperate: (“B.R.V”)

A) In the original Greek says “n ” “Sober (” GE “)

B) Sober (“B.P”)

C) Sino Series (“B.L.”)

D) Moderate (“B.N.M”)

Sobriety or moderation, in the Holy Word teaches the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 5: 6), we must be vigilant, watchful sobriety gently (1 Thess. 5: 8), teaches us how to be sober, putting on armor of faith and love, the hope of salvation as a helmet (Titus 1: 8), Sober (a) Fair, Holy (1 Pet. 1: 13), be sober (a) and hope of salvation (1 Pet. 4: 7), be sober (a) and watch unto prayer, all these verses apply to both cases (deacons and deaconesses) and that all are equal before the King of Kings (Gal. 3: 26, 28) ” Hallelujah. ”


A) In the original Greek says: ” ” e “faithful in all things (” GE. “)

B) faithful in all things (“B.P”)

C) trustworthy (“B.L”)

D) Faithful in all things (“B.N.M.”)

This applies to teaching (2 Tim. 2: 2, Titus 1: 9, 10), as also kept blameless for the Lord, their husbands and the Church with its rules (Not with Curl), the word we exemplifies both as Deaconesses Deacons of faithful brothers: Tychicus (Ephesians 6: 21), Epaphras (Col. 1: 7), let us guard in the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1: 7) and the Lord Almighty will give us the life Corana our faithfulness (Rev. 2: 10) “Glory to God”

To conclude the issue of deaconesses is important to note that the Greek fathers regularly read in (1 Tim. 3: 11) “in the same way women are honest”, etc.. which implied that it was the qualities of women with diaconal functions, rather than the wives of deacons. This sequence provides better there (having “their wives”), and may be more appropriate, is interpreted expressively “no gossip” as “not to publish the confidences received in his ministry.

It is also know that in the first centuries are said to elect the diaconate, were selected in pairs (husband and wife), so verse 12 says: “Be the deacon of one wife”, so ministrase home or serve the church with time in the resurgence of sound doctrine after the Reformation, this began to be taken in the same way, but since some time also began to be chosen “Deaconesses, for the ministry, for the lack of devout men and consecrated, and the urgency that had for services in the work of God, verse 11, was also taken as a requirement for those who opt holy women to the diaconate, so if the church applies this as requirement for deaconesses, well it does and whether to apply the wives of deacons, although no minister, must fulfill as waking up in the fear of the Lord these wives need to know that their husbands (Deacons), have a Beautiful job to do and that they are the support for them (Gen. 2: 18). “Glory to God in the highest, that to whom He pleases gives wisdom … Amen.


In conclusion, we must remember that in studying these requirements, if we look closely we see that are rules to follow anyone who confesses Christ, and that if we keep all these things that we require the word of God, beautiful reward awaits us (1 Tim 3: 13), we will gain a good standing for us here on earth (2 Tim. 2: 21; Prov. 3: 35, 15: 33, Hebrews 6: 10) God honors those who honor him, and also says in (Rev. 3: 11), and that is a good degree is nothing to receive blessings from God that he has prepared (Psalm 37: 4) and that we want more good degree, but we are for eternity before the One True God, for ever and ever … Amen

To him be the glory, to the be the Empire, and Wisdom, for ever and ever … “AMEN”


Juan Duarte

Edo. Anzoategui, Venezuela

Fourth Semester Student of Theology