Body Ministry – BT6
New Covenant Kingdom “leadership” structure is upside down!
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It certainly is from the business/government model of the world – see The Great Wall. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Paul says, “We ask you, brethren, to mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (a) those who labor among you and/coupled keep standing before [you] to proistemi maintain [your] care in the Lord and/coupled admonish (b) you.” Remember that this “admonishing” is something ALL of us should be doing to “one another” (c) as we would “a brother” (d). It’s also quite misleading for bibles to translate proistemi as “rule over,” because the prevalent meaning of the word is to “keep standing before or maintaining the care of” through devotion (e). However, the idea of “being set or placed before” others by appointment also comes into place from the histemi and similar tithemi root words, but these also often emphasize the “maintaining” aspect. The prefix pros doesn’t have to mean “before others,” but just as easily can mean “before in time” as with prosbuteros elders who are simply “earlier in The trusting-relying-Faith who keep standing before [you] to proistemi maintain care well, let [them] be counted worthy of double honor” (f). Again, the proistemi emphasis is on the “managed care-giving” function just as parents do (g), thus the qualification of God’s household overseers (i) and deacons/servants (h). <Notes> a) eido, b) noutheteo: ‘placing in the mind of’ – urgent reasoning by instruction and warning, c) Colossians 3:16, d) 2 Thessalonians 3:15, e) Titus 3:8, 14, f) 1 Timothy 5:17, g) 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12, h) 1 Timothy 3:2, 8, i) episcopos.
This “managed care-giving” function (a) is only one of many grace-gifts in Paul’s Romans 12:4-8 list: “Not all have the same function (a), so we, though many, are one Body in Christ, and/thus individually members of/belonging to one another. Having grace-gifts that differ down-from/according-to the unconditional-favor-of-grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy [then use] down-from/according in/by/with [your] proportion (b) [of the grace-gift] of/belonging to The-trusting-relying-Faith, OR if service [then use down-from/according-to your proportion of the grace-gift of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in/by/with the service, [OR if] to teach [then use . . . of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in/by/with the teaching, OR if the alongside-counseling/exhortation (c) [then use . . . of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in/by/with the alongside-counseling/exhortation, [OR if] giving/sharing/imparting [then use . . . of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in singleness/simplicity/honesty; [OR if] the proistemi managed caregiving [then use . . . of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in/by/with speedy earnestness/diligence (d), [OR if] the showing of mercy/compassion/pity [then use . . . of The-trusting-relying-Faith] in/by/with ready cheerfulness.” Paul loves to leave words out to save space, but I’ve had to put them back in with [brackets] so that you can understand what he is really saying! It’s amazing that churches still insist these grace-gifts aren’t praxis functions, but somehow individual people, offices, positions, or titles! It’s imperative that “EVERYONE AMONG YOU absolutely in fact not think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (e)! That’s how Paul starts this paragraph! Paul is certainly targeting those who would desire to be “leaders, rulers, greater ones, arche firsts, and megas greats,” but explaining that it’s just “not about you” but about Body-of-Christ Ministry! <Notes> a) praxis: functions, sustained activities, deeds, and/or responsibilities, b) analogia: analogous comparison, proportion c) parakaleo, d) spoude, e) Romans 12:3.