In the previous post we found that God had set or placed or ordained the ministry of the Apostle in the church. The juciest news is that He placed the Apostle as the Chief OR First in rank, influence and honor. This is said very clearly in 1 Cor 12: 28:

” And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Proton (G4412)

* first in rank, influence, honoar

* chief

* first in any succession of things or persons

This is absolutely clear. However, I also examined other scriptures in which Proton is used in order to enhance our understanding. I found the following applications:

A. FIRST IN THE ORDER OF THINGS

 * “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift (Mt 5: 23, 24)

 

* But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Mt 6:33)

* Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house (Mt 12: 29)

* For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear (Mk 4: 28).

B. FIRST/CHIEF IN RANK, INFLUENCE, HONOR

My word search indicated that the Greek adverb proton was used in contexts meaning  first in the order of things. I also found the Greek adjective PROTOS (G4413) which carries the same interpretation as proton, but whose usage also included to chief in rank. Here are some of the scriptures:

* And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant (Mt 20:27)

* This is the first and great commandment (Mt 22: 38)

* But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best (protos) robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet (Lk 15: 22)

* And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief (protos) of the people sought to destroy him (Luke 19: 47)

* This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before (protos) me (Jn 1: 30)

* But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief (protos)men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts (Acts 13: 50).

* Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first (protos) and the last: (Rev 1: 11)

I would like to invite you to read previous posts on roles in the church and The Elders in order to fully appreciate God’s line of authority in His Body. I hope that you were blessed.

Have a great day!

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