Peers, Nothing More And Nothing Less
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, The Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23: 8-12
Jesus spells it out very clearly that no one should have a position or title that places them over and above other Christ followers. The fact is that we are all siblings and we should honor Him and one another by living and acting that way whenever we interact and share. There should never be such a system that ranks some believers above other believers. We should call no one Pastor, Teacher or Leader. It is also true that we should not treat anyone with more respect and honor than others. Even if we do not use titles or positions we should always remember that we are all sisters and brothers and that “favoritism is forbidden.”
Jesus made it very clear that only God Himself is to be followed and revered. We have been freely given The Holy Spirit to guide and lead us into ALL truth, and we do not need that ANY human to teach us the ways of God. We have all been given the anointing and all we need is HIM and no other man’s teaching to be fully equipped for any good work. (1 John 2)
HIS anointing flows through all of His followers and as peers in Christ He can speak through each one of us in turn in order to get His message out to the body and the world. No person should ever be elevated to a status over and above being our peer in Christ. Along the way He will speak through various members of His body and we can all learn the truth in love from one another as HE sees fit.
Any church system that uses a hierarchy and places some over and above others is antichrist. Because that system goes totally against what Jesus taught. According to Jesus we are all equal peers, sisters and brothers under only Him and NO other including Pastor, Elder, Apostle or Pope. If we say we are followers of Jesus then we should really BE followers of Jesus and absolutely no one else.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !