As I learnt from the Lord and his angels about the elders, I was shown scriptural examples of the lines of authority in the early church. Praise be to God. These lines of authority will show us clearly that all of the elders were not given the same place of authority. This was dependent on the degree of revelation that they had received and their proximity to the Lord. Lines of authority are important to God, because He believes in order and uses them to establish order. Scriptures are filled with lines of authority. For example, we learn about divine authority from the scriptures that say that the heaven is God’s throne and the earth His footstool (Isa 66: 1). We also know that God raised Jesus from the dead and set Him at his right hand in the heavenly places, “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Eph 1: 21-22). In the order of creation, man was made a little lower than the angels and gave him dominion over the creatures (Ps 8: 5-8).

While the lines of authority in the early church and Jesus’ ministry were fairly simple, the church has become more diverse and complex today, it is still important for leaders to follow the principles of scripture when selecting people to fill leadership roles. Methods for the selection of elders for leadership roles were previously discussed.
Examples in Jesus’ ministry:

Jesus → John → Peter, James and John → the 12 → the 70 disciples → the masses.

This line of authority was expressed more in the relationship between Jesus and His disciples. Scriptures show that John was closest to Him and shared secrets that no one else was privy to. In the same breath, he had another circle comprised of Peter, James and John and they were present at the transfiguration and the resurrection of Jairus’s daughter. The twelve were given secrets that the crowd and the 70 did not have, yet HE sent out the 70 on missions. HE always taught the crowd in parables, since it was not their privilege to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.

The following posts will serve as a reminder:
http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-there-is-no-vision-contd.html

http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/03/vision-message-to-leaders.html

http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/03/visions-fourth-truth.html

http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=34910237&postID=6358178691531555048

http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/03/he-said-practical-tips-for-leaders.html

http://pppministries.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-there-is-no-vision_29.html
Next time, I will walk through the lines of authority in the book of Acts. All grace and glory to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and praise be to God for His ministering spirits the Holy angels and to the saints, members of His body.

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