Summary: HOW TO RELATE PROPERLY TO CERTAIN SPECIAL GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH -- PART II -- SPECIAL HONOR FOR ELDERS
HOW TO RELATE PROPERLY TO CERTAIN SPECIAL GROUPS OF
PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH -- PART II -- SPECIAL HONOR FOR ELDERS
I. (:17-18) RECOGNITION OF EXCELLING ELDERS
A. Double Honor Deserving to those Who Excel
1. Based on Ruling Well to Oversee the Church
"Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor"
This work of oversight is the main function of the elder (3:4-5); "Elder",
"bishop", "pastor" -- all refer to the same group of individuals.
"Rule" does not mean lord it over; simply refers to leadership and oversight.
Kent: "The work of the elder must not be taken for granted by the congregation.
Evaluation must be made and when real excellence appears, it should be recognized and commended."
2. Based on Working Hard to Proclaim the Word
"especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching"
B. Double Honor involves Respect and Remuneration
C. 2 Supporting Illustrations -- based on Scripture -- "For the Scripture says"
1. "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing" -- Deut. 25:4; 1 Cor. 9:9
2. "The laborer is worthy of his wages" -- (Deut. 24:15) Luke 10:7
Kent: "No other meaning can be gotten from Paul’s construction than that he places both quotations on the same level (joined by kai, and) and terms them Scripture (he graphe). Paul wrote this letter in A.D. 62-63, and Luke’s Gospel was probably written
before A.D. 60. Hence this verse is further evidence that the writings we call New Testament Scripture were recognized as such during the lifetime of their writers, and we may suggest in many cases from the time of writing."
II. (:19-21) REBUKING OF ERRING ELDERS
A. (:19) Protection Against Frivolous Accusations
"Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses" Deut. 17:6; Matt. 18:16
Practically speaking, how is this possible without gossip and trying to enlist others to come with you?? Does this mean two or three coming to the elder.board independently or at the same time?
Kent: "These witnesses are not thought of as appearing at the trial, but rather at the time when the disciplinary process is first contemplated. Unless the evidence is sufficient and practically certain, no action should be initiated against an elder. This safeguard of the elder is a wise one. No person is more subject to Satan’s attack in the form of
gossip and slander than God’s servant."
B. (:20) Public Rebuke When Necessary
1. Necessitated by Stubborn Rebellion
"Those who continue in sin"
Shows that there is opportunity given for them to repent
2. Requires Public Rebuke
"rebuke in the presence of all"
Must be a reference to the entire church, since the other elders are the ones administering the rebuke
Fernando: "Leaders are to be examples to God’s people of the beauty of virtue. But when they fail, they become examples of the ugliness of sin. So when a
leader sins, it becomes a very serious concern for the church. The church must face up squarely to the fact that the one who was expected to be a model of
godliness has become just the opposite, so he must be rebuked in front of those to whom he was a poor example. What an awesome responsibility leadership