x292.......rule ---and "over you"

This is the one scripture in the Bible that states that someone is "over" another in the Lord---

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 1Thessalonians 5:12*

This is the definition of the English--"over you"


proistemi proistemi {pro-is'-tay-mee}; v

----- rule 5, maintain 2, be over 1; 8

1) to set or place before

1a) to set over

1b) to be over, to superintend, preside over

1c) to be a protector or guardian 1c1) to give aid

1d) to care for, give attention to

1d1) profess honest occupations


Now considering what we know about Christian leadership---

"But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:42-45, KJV).

WE must first understand that this concept of one person being over another within the body of Christ is not what we might think when we define these words independently and by worldly experience (or for that matter church tradition). But Jesus defined leadership--rule---not as authority over others but as service to others.

Now lets get back to the scripture that we started with--

1Th 5:12* And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you (proestemi) in the Lord, and admonish you;

Let's look at other places where this Greek word is use so that we may define it more clearly--

1Ti 3:5* (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

1Ti 5:17* Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Here the same Greek word which had been translated as "over you" now is translated as "rule". When we read these verses in context we can see that they are refering to people how are guardians of others--people who serve God by leading within the church---not those who have "authority over" others as is often thought.

The Bible clearly states that no Christian should have or use "authority" over another Christian. This concept is completely wrong and is in fact a stronghold of the enemy within the church which originated from a time when the Bible was hidden from most people.

The tradition of leadership having authority over others within the church is from the dark ages of Europe in which the concept of the church was politicized and used as a vehicle to control and rule nations of people. The concept of ruling authority as Christian ministry was originated by the Roman emperors who declared themselves as the head of the church. This tradition carried down through the catholic popes and the protestant kings--and we suffer under a Bible translation which comes from these sources--from which we acquire many of our operational principles--to this very day.

The church is not a controlling authority---it has controlling authority over the devil but not over one another. Christian authority is the power to rule over sin--sickness and Satan (and this authority is equally in every Christian!)--not the place of authority over one another. It is meant to conquer the world with the Good News of the Gospel--not to be a kingdom built upon the same principles that are in the world.

The church must break free from the Roman empires' idea of authority ----concepts that are still in place from the Dark Ages. We must come alive again as a ministering (serving) body working together under the direction of God--under the direct authority of God, rather than the compromise of the Roman system of authority to "some" who use their authority over others.