Thursday, May 15, 2008

But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Rev. 2:6

A few times in the Bible, the apostles got into arguments about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus explained one time "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23:11-12

I need to explain that there is a gift of "governments," and there are many Godly Christians who serve as Sunday School superintendents, treasurers, kitchen managers, etc.

There are also many Godly Christians whom the Lord calls to be shepherds of His flock, and we are commanded in Hebrews 13:7 "Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct." Notice that rulers called by God teach us the Word of God, and live lives that bring a reward.

Hebrews 12:17 adds "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you." Here we see that the people whom God calls to rule over us watch for our souls, and it is profitable for us to obey them.

So God DOES call certain Christians to rule over us! They are servants,they are humble, they teach the Word of God, they live Godly lives, and they watch for our souls.

The Nicolaitans, on the other hand, engage in activities that God hates.

To be continued...

1 comment:

Vince said...

Here I go again, commenting on my own blog.

Decades ago, our church was running a lot of buses, and we had about 175 children in Children's Church.

Suddenly, the pastor's wife decided that she should be in charge. She didn't work on a bus route or visit. She told me plainly that God had given her the ability to be in charge of Children's Church. She stated that I was interfering with God's plan for her life when I refused to let her rule.

She went to her husband, who forced us to put her in charge. Three years later, they were running about ten children in Children's Church.

That's what I mean by a Nicolaitan Christian: a person who seeks to rule over the brethren without caring about anything except power.