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07/09/2013

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Keeping It Real


"It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers" (Eph.4:11).

The apostles Peter and Paul, often used descriptive terms such as those listed in today's verse. Others such as elder, deacon, and bishop were also used. Paul even went as far to use the term father to describe himself. (1 Cor.4:15). Two verses later, he described Timothy as his son... All of these terms were used in reference to a description of what certain individuals did in the Lord's service. There is an concise explanation of this in Rom.12:3-8. These are descriptions of how they ministered both to others and to the Lord. None of the terms used in today's verse were designed to be official titles by which one was to be referenced. Although Paul and Peter were apostles, and Paul to be certain, was proud of this apostleship, they never went around with that as a name tag or title.... "Paul, a servant of Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God" (Rom.1:1).... "Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God" (1 Cor.1:1). Although it may seem insignificant to some, I find there to be a distinction between using a title with which to address someone, as opposed to a description(s) of the service that one is providing. I believe that the difference lies in obeying the words of Jesus in Matt.23:8-10. It lies in understanding that the terms used by the apostles (Eph.4:11) are descriptive ones. Those who have humbled themselves should have absolutely no problem with Jesus' view. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time" (1 Pet.5:6). If it was OK for Peter and Paul to be called by their first names, its good enough for me... I like the name mark....

Have a wonderful day... Do good.... Give HIM the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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