And some, evangelists - see the notes on Acts 21:8; compare 2 Timothy 4:5. What does this verse imply was the flock's greatest need? 17. The word was borrowed by the. ", John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote-- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.". chaps. May God all the more equip us like the Antioch church. God is serious about training His people. Comment: This prophecy is found in Hosea 11:1 where the context clearly indicates that it was the whole nation of Israel which had been called out of Egypt as God's young "son." BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. Evangelists. Coffman says, "The omission of "some" before "teachers" indicates that the meaning is teaching-pastors, or pastor-teachers." The Greek construction suggests that one kind rather than two kinds of people is in view. His genius is that of a handyman. Westcott) that the chief forms of ministry indicated here refer to the Church as a whole, especially in its missionary aspect, e.g. Ephesians 4:11, CSB: "And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers," [⇑ See verse text ⇑] This important verse mentions some of the spiritual leaders Christ gives as "gifts" to the church. Unless he was rendered infallible by the gift of inspiration. or teaching . At this point Paul reverts to the statement in Ephesians 4:7, and having shown that the declaration in Psalms 68. applies to Christ, he proceeds to set forth the purpose (Ephesians 4:12) with which the gifts of the exalted Giver are bestowed and His grace given to such. If we "stare" exclusively at certain biblical truths while excluding other important doctrines, our spiritual vision will begin to blur out. Acts 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. A church may think they need an associate pastor in the most necessary way, but if God doesn"t think so, why would a church struggle and groan to produce what God hasn"t provided? This verse explains "gave" ( Ephesians 4:8) and begins a sentence that runs through Ephesians 4:16 in the Greek text. With NT prophets we have also NT prophetesses. Matthew 4:14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: (referring to Mt 4:15, 16 quoted from Isaiah 9:1,2-note). 2. 9:9. Comp. A prophet? All you need is to be equipped. They are to exercise the same watchfulness and care river the people of their charge which a shepherd does over his flock; compare the notes on John 21:15-16. (6) First of all he lists the ecclesiastical functions, which are partly extraordinary and for a season, such as apostles, prophets, and evangelists, and partly ordinary and perpetual, such as pastors and teachers. dear pastor/elder and [2] then you are prepared to tend the "flock") for yourselves (watch over you own heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life cp Pr 4:23-note) and for all the flock, (the local church is like a flock of sheep) among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd (tend flocks like a shepherd) the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. In this most ‘churchly’ Epistle there is little support for any claims to a jure divino form of Church polity. The two functions could not be kept separate. Luke 9:8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Evangelists are no to thunder away at people, telling them what miserable creatures they are and how God is waiting to strike them with thunderbolts of judgment. Men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and the founders of other denominations have been prophets, and many pastors and Bible teachers today have prophetic gifts. In other words there is no so-called apostolic succession as some have mistakenly taught. It is a sad home in which the baby never grows, and at four or five years of age is a baby still. They might also have one or two prophets and several evangelists. . ", Prophets. Prophetes - 144x in 138v - Always translated prophet (63x) or prophets (81x). says the Holy One....Lift up your eyes on high and see Who has created these stars, the One Who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing....Do you not know? Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV) 11 It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Luke records Paul's warning to the Ephesian elders... Be on guard (present imperative - Command calling for continual alertness - note order = [1] your own heart [!] But it is interesting that God used the foretelling aspect to prove that it the forthtelling was not a subjective (and thus twisted) message but real and from God. "E.W. The central message of the gospel is deliverance from sin. Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:5); (4.) 2 Timothy 4:5. Matthew 13:35 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.". As ‘prophets’ is joined with ‘Apostles’ (chaps. We must not succumb to the doubt that we do not need any of these gifted men. This is indeed included in the term, but does not cover its meaning entirely. NET Note - Some interpreters have understood the phrase pastors and teachers to refer to one and the same group. This is not the place to discuss other points in reference to the office. Why or why not? As to revelation, the evangelist testified infallibly of the past; 'the prophet,' also of the future. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. Luke 9:19 They answered and said, "John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again. τοὺς δὲ ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους. St Paul twice claims the title for himself in the Pastoral Epistles side by side with κῆρυξ καὶ ἀπόστολος. It occurs only once in Acts of certain ‘Prophets and Teachers’ (Acts 13:1) at Antioch. Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints On the other hand, Theodoret is more correct in his description- περιϊόντες ἐκήρυττον—“going about they preached.” Eusebius, Historia Eccles. 3. Though the man who spake with tongues might be thrown out of self-control, this ecstasy did not fall so impetuously upon the prophets; they resembled not the Greek μάντις, for “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.” One would be apt to infer from the description of the effect of prophecy on the mind of an unbeliever, in laying bare the secrets of his heart, that the prophets concerned themselves specially with the subjective side of Christianity-with its power and adaptations; that they appealed to the co nsciousness, and that they showed the higher bearings and relations of those great facts which had already been learned on apostolical authority. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. They had the gift ( χάρισμα) of the Spirit, as in the case of Timothy (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6); but, if we may judge by Philip’s case (Acts 8:5-18), they could not impart the Holy Ghost. Hebrews 1:1-note God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways. The New Testament writers called them apostles too ( 1 Corinthians 15:7; Galatians 1:19; Acts 14:4; Acts 14:14; 1 Corinthians 9:6; Romans 16:7; cf. 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. Repeated from Ephesians 4:8. It's when we lose that Christ-like attitude that we get ourselves into trouble by creating problems of our own making.... Howard Hendricks said, "If you can't stand the smell of sheep, you shouldn't be a shepherd." If you are a man or woman who has walked with Christ for 10 or 20 years and you are in your later years, are you wasting your walk?