Chapter Four, Lesson Three
WALKING IN UNITY Page
** Let's try to find a Biblical definition for these four terms . . .
First - an apostle, apostolos (sent one).
This individual was unique in that he had to be chosen by Christ
Himself. He had seen the risen Savior and his words were authenticated
by the accompanying miracles that God would do through him. cf. 2Corinthians
Second - a prophet, prophetes (an interpreter or forth- teller
of the divine will).
This person, as a gift from Christ to His church, was used in the
local congregation and would speak revelation from God or sometimes,
simply expound on revelation already given. cf. Acts 11:21-28 and
** What do the roles of apostle and prophet have in common as they relate
to the church?
These two offices were chosen by Christ to be the "foundation"
of the church with their writing and teaching the Word of God, by the
power of God through signs, wonders and miracles.
cf. Ephesians 2:20
Third - an evangelist, euangelistes (this is the man gifted
by God to preach and explain the saving truth of the gospel to those
who have not yet believed).
While all Christians are to evangelize (euangelizo) Christ has gifted
specific men for this critical proclamation/teaching role. cf. Acts
21:8, 2Timothy 4:5, All see - John 4:1-39
Fourth - pastor/teachers, poimen (shepherd) used with the term
didaskalos (an instructor).
Paul is showing us the office and its function with these two terms.
The little word kai, translated here as "and" can mean "that
is" or "in particular" which makes teaching the primary
role of the one called to be a shepherd. cf. Acts 20:28, 1Timothy
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