Paul describes the
"faithful people" who are to hand on God's
Revelation and carry on
principal Church functions.
The first category of
"faithful people" is episcopoi, bishops.
This saying is trustworthy: whoever aspires to the office
of bishop (episcopes) desires a noble task. Therefore,
a bishop (episcopon) must be irreproachable, married
only once, temperate, self-controlled, decent,
able to teach
For a bishop (episcopon) as
God's steward must be
blameless, ... holding fast to
the true message as taught
so that he will be able both to
exhort with sound doctrine
and to refute opponents.