Summary: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. - Ephesians 6:5 For most modern evangelicals a pastor is someone who is there for us not us there for them. We consider this person som ..
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. - Ephesians 6:5
For most modern evangelicals a pastor is someone who is there for us not us there for them. We consider this person someone that needs to cater to our needs only and to ensure we are comfortable and happy. The early Church had a completely opposite view of things in their doctrine of submission. The woman was to be subject to the husband (Ephesians 5:22) The Church is to be subject to Christ (Ephesians 5:24) Children Obeying their Parents (Ephesians 6:1) Slaves Obeying their Masters (Ephesians 6:6). Equal rights was not the belief of early believers in an earthly sense. They believed that all had equality in Jesus Christ spiritually but even in the order of God there were different roles and purposes for each person. If a believer was a slave and became a Christian in most cases they humbly stayed in that position (1 Corinthians 7:22). Paul the Apostle reasoned that if someone could obtain their freedom as a slave they could but they should also be content as they are already a freed man in Christ, the rest of the world was in chains. Just like a child without a parent, a wife without a husband, a slave without a master, the Church respected and gladly submitted to spiritual leaders.
Does it seem strange to submit to an Overseer with respect, fear and sincerity of heart as obeying Christ? Ministers of individual Churches were called Presbyters or Elders (greek: presbuteroi). The Apostles were respected and submitted to by all other leaders and presbyters. Eventually Bishop (greek: episkopos) was the term used for the spiritual leader over a city or region. And This was by default the position of the original Apostles who oversaw the Church in Jerusalem during the first part of the Book of Acts history. It was by default that the body of Christ submitted to the Apostles who walked with the Lord and were given authority and the great commission. The early Church submitted to their leaders out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21) and followed the early Apostles as they gave the example of Christ to them. There is a wonderful freedom given to us as slaves of Christ also to serve and obey others as the Lord himself (Ephesians 6:7). This should be our model that when we love others we treat them as Christ. When we speak to others in the body of Christ we should treat them as such being a part of the body of Christ actually.