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Acts 6:3 "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

The business they were talking about was the business of the Church. To "Feed His sheep" includes a Daily ministration through the practice of Pure Religion as opposed to the Covetous Practices of the World.

These Seven Men were and are very much a part of the ministry of God on earth. They are the Benefactors who exercise Charitable Practices and with the help of the Congregation of the Apostles. The Order they formed not of the World was essential in the appointments of ministers of His Kingdom at hand. Together these men provide a valuable function that brings the people together in a Network of Sacrifice and love.

This requires ministers who work together not in self righteousness but seeking the righteousness of God in service. Jesus came to serve and gathered a congregation of ministers to do just that and gathered to the people in groups of Tens.

Everything should be established with two or more witnesses of good report.

The phrase honest report is from the Greek word martureo [1]

The Greek word martureo means "to be a witness" in word and deed and appears in the Bible some 79 times:

Matthew 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses <3140> unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Luke 4:22 And all bare <3140> him witness <3140>, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
Luke 11:48 Truly ye bear witness <3140> that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness <3140> of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness <3140> of that Light.
John 1:15 John bare witness <3140> of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 1:32 And John bare record <3140>, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record <3140> that this is the Son of God.
John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify <3140> of man: for he knew what was in man.
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify <3140> that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
John 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness <3140>, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear <3140> me witness <3140>, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth <3140>; and no man receiveth his testimony.
John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified <3140>, He told me all that ever I did.
John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified <3140>, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
John 5:31 If I bear witness <3140> of myself, my witness is not true.
John 5:32 There is another that beareth witness <3140> of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth <3140> of me is true.
John 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness <3140> unto the truth.
John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness <3140> of me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness <3140> of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify <3140> of me.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify <3140> of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record <3140> of thyself; thy record is not true.
John 8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record <3140> of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
John 8:18 I am one that bear witness <3140> of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness <3140> of me.
John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness <3140> of me.
John 12:17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record <3140>.
John 13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified <3140>, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify <3140> of me:
John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness <3140>, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
John 18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness <3140> of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness <3140> unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
John 19:35 And he that saw it bare record <3140>, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth <3140> of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report <3140>, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report <3140> among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Acts 10:43 To him give <3140> all the prophets witness <3140>, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony <3140>, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony <3140> unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness <3140>, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
Acts 16:2 Which was well reported <3140> of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
Acts 22:5 As also the high priest doth bear <3140> me witness <3140>, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report <3140> of all the Jews which dwelt there,
Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness <3140> also at Rome.
Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify <3140>, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing <3140> both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed <3140> by the law and the prophets;
Romans 10:2 For I bear <3140> them record <3140> that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
1 Corinthians 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified <3140> of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
2 Corinthians 8:3 For to their power, I bear record <3140>, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
Galatians 4:15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear <3140> you record <3140>, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
Colossians 4:13 For I bear <3140> him record <3140>, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
1 Thessalonians 2:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged <3140> every one of you, as a father doth his children,
1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of <3140> for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed <3140> a good confession;
Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed <3140> that he liveth.
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth <3140>, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness <3140> to us: for after that he had said before,
Hebrews 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report <3140>.
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness <3140> that he was righteous, God testifying <3140> of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony <3140>, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report <3140> through faith, received not the promise:
1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness <3140>, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify <3140> that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness <3140>, because the Spirit is truth.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record <3140> in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness <3140> in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified <3140> of his Son.
1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave <3140> of his Son.
3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified <3140> of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
3 John 1:6 Which have borne witness <3140> of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good report <3140> of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record <3140>; and ye know that our record is true.
Revelation 1:2 Who bare record <3140> of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify <3140> unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth <3140> these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

"Good Report" Appears in the Bible

1 Samuel 2:24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’S people to transgress.
Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
2 Corinthians 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Hebrews 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.


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Footnotes

  1. 3140 ~μαρτυρέω~ martureo \@mar-too-reh’-o\@ from 3144; v AV-bear witness 25, testify 19, bear record 13, witness 5, be a witness 2, give testimony 2, have a good report 2, misc 11; 79
    1) to be a witness, to bear witness, i.e. to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation or inspiration
    1a) to give (not to keep back) testimony
    1b) to utter honourable testimony, give a good report
    1c) conjure, implore


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