A Noble Task for Believers
The striking thing in this section is that the absolute first point the missionary needs Timothy to make at Ephesus about this subject is that the workplace of a manager or a senior is a vital and critical job, not to be trifled with by any means. Paul considers it an honorable assignment.
The arrangement of elderly folks in a nearby church is the Lord Jesus’ own arrangement for initiative.
This is certifiably not a human creation. Such a large number of temples today are being worked like business organizations or nation clubs, run to help their individuals, choosing their own chiefs agreeing for majority rule strategies.
Yet, in the New Testament, you never find that. There you see that it was Jesus Himself who set up the design of authority.
He is the Head of the congregation. Accordingly, He has assigned the sort of pioneers and their capacity inside the congregation.
The elderly folks had fundamentally one essential assignment. Like the missionaries in the congregation at Jerusalem, their entire undertaking was to be refined through the service of the Word- – instructing, lecturing, examining, and learning the Word of God.
Through supplication, they were to find the desire of the Lord Jesus, who was Head of the congregation, who was available in each congregation, and prepared to coordinate its exercises through the Spirit of Christ.
This is the extraordinary and energizing certainty that the holy places of our day have to a great extent failed to remember. I distinguish that not many individuals have a cognizance of Christ’s being a living Lord in their middle. They don’t appear to know that Christ is as yet in His congregation, prepared to coordinate its exercises, which will challenge the way of life of the day and investigate the extraordinary prospects that emerge as the changing conditions of individuals’ lives make yearn for redemption from subjugation.
It takes a living Lord amidst His kin to coordinate the exercises of the congregation, and the elderly folks are the human instruments for the heavenly bearing of the congregation.
The seniors are the methods, the channels, through which the Lord’s creative, astonishing ways to deal with life are helped out and brought into being through the group of Christians who meet up.
Each Christian is in the service. It isn’t just the seniors who are to accomplish crafted by the service.
You are straightforwardly identified with the Lord Jesus so He can say to you whenever, I have opened up an entryway here in your neighborhood for you. I need you to contact these individuals. Seniors are to look for this. That is the thing that the word for senior, episkopos, implies: investigating.
Elderly folks are to be hoping to perceive how the Lord is doing His kin and using the chances that emerge on each hand. They are to be told in what the Lord has said in His Word in order to have the option to manage this new and energizing thing that is appearing, revising it if need be. That is crafted by seniors.