1 Timothy 3: Not A Recent Convert
1 Timothy 3:6-7
"[An overseer] must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil."
1 Timothy 3:6-7 (ESV)
"Recent convert" brings to mind the image of a newly sprouted plant.
RECENT CONVERT: neophytos "neh-OF-oo-tos" (newly planted, a young convert; "neophyte"); from neos ("new", youthful, fresh or regenerated) and phyo (to "puff" or blow; to swell up; to germinate, grow, sprout or produce)
PUFFED UP WITH CONCEIT: typhoomai "toof-O-o" (to envelop with smoke; to inflate with self-conceit); from typho (to make a smoke, to slowly consume without flame)
Condemnation of the Devil
CONDEMNATION OF THE DEVIL: krima diabolos "KREE-mah dee-AB-ol-os" ("crime", a decision against a traducer: Satan); from krino (to distinguish, decide, try, condemn or punish) and diaballo (to traduce); from dia (the channel of an act) and ballo (to throw)
DISGRACE: oneidismos "on-i-dis-MOS" (contumely); from oneidizo (to defame; to rail at, to chide or taunt); from oneidos (notoriety; a taunt or disgrace); related to onoma (a "name"; authority or character)