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Tuesday, July 19 2016
1 Corinthians 4: Disciples, Ministers, Apostles, Prophets
"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God"
The English-language word "disciple" is derived from a Greek word, pronounced math-ay-tes, that means learner, or student. "Disciple" is the starting point of doing something right (see Which Way Is Right And Left? and Strait And Straight).
The English-language word "apostle" is derived from a Greek word, pronounced ap-os-tol-os, that means messenger, or ambassador. By virtue of the true meaning of "apostle," an apostle is someone who was sent to accomplish a task, or to deliver a message, from someone greater. In that regard, all true prophets of the LORD (see the Fact Finder question below) have been "apostles." A prime example of that is John, who was chosen by the LORD as one of the twelve apostles, but also was later given to deliver one of the greatest collections of prophecies - the Book of Revelation which was actually an epistle, a letter, from Jesus Christ, recorded and delivered by John, to the "seven churches" (see Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come).
The English-language word "minister" originated from a Latin word, of the same spelling, that meant minor, as in one who acts under the authority of another (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). "Minister" is used to translate two words of the Holy Scriptures: the Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-rawth, that means attendant or servant, and the Greek word, pronounced dee-ak-on-ohs, that also means attendant or servant. There is nothing "high and mighty" about a true minister of the LORD i.e. it is incorrect to call a minister "Mister" in an official sense because "mister" means master, while "minister" means servant.
From their literal definitions, we have seen that disciples, ministers, apostles and prophets, although different in assignment, are identical in the basis of their work. It was for that reason that the apostle Paul spoke of all three of those servants of the LORD as functional parts of a whole - the Church, which means people, "called out ones" (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?).
"4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Fact Finder: What does "prophet" mean?
This Day In History, July 19
484: Leontius, a usurper, was crowned Eastern Roman (see the map) emperor at Tarsus (today in Turkey; Tarsus is known in the Bible as the birthplace of the apostle Paul). Leontius was recognized in Antioch and made it his capital (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
711: The Battle of Guadalete during the Umayyad conquest of Hispania. Umayyad forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeated the Visigoths led by King Roderic.
1333: During the Wars of Scottish Independence, the English won a decisive victory over the Scots at the Battle of Halidon Hill.
1525: The Catholic princes of Germany formed the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1533: The first reported autopsy in the New World was performed in Santo Domingo on the island of Hispaniola (all of the voyages of Christopher Columbus were actually to the islands of the Caribbean Sea). Its purpose was religious - to determine whether a set of Siamese twins had one "soul" or two, so that the priest would know how many postmortem baptisms to perform. Two "souls" were found, and two baptisms were performed (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul? and Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?).
1544: The first Siege of Boulogne began during the Italian War of 1542.
1545: The Tudor warship Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth, England. In 1982 the wreck was salvaged by archaeologists.
1553: Lady Jane Grey was deposed after only nine days; Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.
1588: The Spanish Armada was first sighted, off Cornwall. In Spanish "Armada Invencible," it had been sent by Philip II of Spain to assist in an invasion of Britain by Spanish army troops from the Netherlands to force the British back under Roman Catholic rule. The Spanish fleet consisted of 130 ships with about 8,000 sailors and 19,000 infantry and marines. The English navy, with battle commanders such as Francis Drake, John Hawkins and Martin Frobisher, obliterated it.
1692: 5 Massachusetts women were hanged for witchcraft. 15 young girls in Salem accused 150 citizens in the area with witchcraft during that year (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1701: Representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy signed the Nanfan Treaty; it ceded a large territory north of the Ohio River to England.
1870: France declared war on Prussia, beginning the Franco-Prussian war.
1877: The first Wimbledon tennis final was played.
1941: Winston Churchill introduced his "V for Victory" campaign which rapidly spread through Europe. The BBC took the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which matched the dot-dot-dot-dash Morse code for the letter V, and played it before news bulletins (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1942: During the Second World War, German U-boats ("underwater boats" i.e. attack submarines) were withdrawn from positions off the eastern coast of North America due to highly effective U.S. and Canadian anti-submarine countermeasures.
1979: Sandinista rebels overthrew the U.S.-sponsored dictator regime of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
1980: The 22nd Olympics opened in Moscow with more than 45 nations boycotting the games in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1985: Christa McAuliffe was chosen as the first schoolteacher to fly in the space shuttle. She was later killed along with the other astronauts in a failed launch of the Challenger.
1997 During "The Troubles," the Provisional Irish Republican Army terrorist organization resumed a ceasefire to end their 25-year campaign of bombings, shootings and assassinations against the democratically elected British government in Northern Ireland.