Rev. Dr. George Knight III Asleep in Jesus

Rev. Dr. George Knight III Asleep in Jesus

You may never have heard of Dr. George Knight, but he was one of the godliest and most scholarly men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. He was the kind of man, who, when he was still active in presbytery meetings (just a few years ago), the room would grow still when he spoke. You needed to strain a bit to hear his voice, but his mind was still razor-sharp, and when he felt it necessary to rise to speak to an issue, you knew that what he would have to say would be compelling. I also remember Dr. Knight as a man of rare godly gentleness and humility. When I was being examined for ordination, he sat with me and talked about the spiritual nature of the ministry, and helped ease my jitters before appearing before the Candidates and Credentials Committee of the Presbytery. When I was called in for my interview, he continued to talk with my wife, Mae, and was very kind in his words to her.

Dr. Knight is perhaps best known for his commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, which I relied upon almost exclusively when I preached through 1 Timothy. He served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and was on the board of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which produced the Danvers Statement on complementarity of the sexes, a document signed by (among others) John Piper and R. C. Sproul. He was also the author of a small book entitled, The Role Relationship of Men and Women, which is an attempt to demonstrate from the Scriptures what God has called men and women to be and how they are to function in relation to one another in the church.

We can be thankful for the life of a man who has served the church of Christ faithfully, and who has lived faithfully as a Christian, most notably, to his wife of 69 years, Virginia.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15)

 

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