Prayer and the laying on of hands not only tell us how one is ordained to office, but remind us that the character of office to which the officer is ordained is one of sacrifice and service.
God has specially tasked men with serving in office in the church and this as a reflection of creation and the Gospel.
Those who serve in the household of God, must be uniquely qualified by God to serve on his behalf with knowledge, righteousness and holiness, and the ability to rule well.
The Deacons have the unique role guarding the holiness of God’s name by caring for the hurting in the flock.
Right on cue, the office of the deacon is established as a part of the church (which is the New Israel) and, in so doing, it displaces the older priestly order.
The congregation is to joyfully submit to the Lord, by submitting to the leadership and rule of His duly appointed elders.
The Ruling Elder, serves the church in a kingly office, under the authority of Christ the Great King.
The most important question we can ask is ‘what has God said’ because life is found in every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Truth will always be attacked in the quest for final authority, but it is the authority of God (and, therefore, the truth of God) that must be protected at all costs.
The job of the pastor requires that he not be distant from the sheep, but be involved with them in their lives, so that he can minister the word of God according to individual needs.
The pastor serves a prophetic function of administering the Word of God, and only the word of God, to correct doctrine and conduct and to build up the saints in Christ.
Jesus governs over his kingdom (the church) through officers, who govern with his authority on the basis of his word.
With the coming of Christ the true heavenly kingdom is inaugurated and is being built and protected by Christ, the heavenly Prophet, Priest and King.
Even after sin entered into the world, God continued to use human agents for the administration of his (now redemptive) kingdom.
Since the creation, God has administered his kingdom (on earth) through human agents, the first of which being Adam (as prophet, priest and king in the Garden).
Jesus serves the church as king by ruling her in wisdom and protecting her from dangers.
Jesus Christ fulfills the office of a priest in guarding the holiness of God’s name and house by standing between the holy God and sinful man.
Jesus Christ fulfills the kingdom office of prophet in revealing to us the will of God for our salvation.
The Kingdom of God is a Spiritual house of salvation which Christ builds and rules over.