Introduction

I decided to spend some time this evening studying the role of the leaders or Elders in the Body of Christ – chiefly the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4: 11 – 13).

 

Meanings of perfecting in the scripture

Katartismos (G2677) is the Greek word used for “perfecting.”  However, since it is used once in the King James Version, we need to explore the meaning of “perfecting” via root word which is katartizō.

Through the usage of Katartizō,   I understand that scriptures reveal ways in which the leaders in the Body of Christ are to perfect the saints:

 

1. Perfecting means to mend and restore the believers

The  role of the Apostle etc is to mend the brokenness in the lives of the saints and to restore them to function fully as new creatures in Christ:

  • mending/Katartizō …nets – Matthew 4: 21, Mark 1: 19.
  • Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore/Katartizō such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. – Galatians 6: 1.

 

2.  Perfecting means that the  leaders must train the believers to become like Lord Jesus in character, power and ministry gifts:

  • perfected/Katartizō praise – Matt 21: 16.
  • every one that is perfect/Katartizō shall be as his master – Luke 6: 40. We understand that “perfect” in this context means that the disciple who behaves like the Lord Jesus is mature.
  • the vessels of wrath fitted/Katartizō to destruction – Romans 9: 22.  In the same way that vessels of wrath are fitted, matched or prepared for destruction, the believer must be fitted for ministry.
  • Now the God of peace… make/Katartizō you perfect/Katartizō in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever.  – Heb 13: 20 & 21.

 

FURTHER READING

The Elders

Apostles

Bishops

Deacons

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