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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
4:11 And, among other his free gifts, he gave some apostles - His chief ministers and special witnesses, as having seen him after his resurrection, and received their commission immediately from him. And same prophets, and some evangelists - A prophet testifies of things to come; an evangelist of things past: and that chiefly by preaching the gospel before or after any of the apostles. All these were extraordinary officers. The ordinary were. Some pastors - Watching over their several flocks. And some teachers - Whether of the same or a lower order, to assist them, as occasion might require.
Eph 4:11 And he gave. It has just been shown that Christ "gave gifts to men" (Eph 4:7,8). Of these gifts were various offices. The object of all these offices was to promote "the unity of the faith" (Eph 4:13). Christ has appointed the offices, and gives the men in the church who are fitted for these offices. In the matter of those offices that continue, it is the duty of the church to recognize and call out the men who meet the conditions Christ has given. Some, apostles. The apostles were all chosen by Christ. All had to be witnesses of his resurrection (Ac 1:22). They, therefore, could have no successors, but their own office continues. They still remain teachers and in authority by their writings and example. And some, prophets. An inspired office, essential in the church for its teaching until the New Testament was completed. And some, evangelists. Such as Philip (Ac 8:4-12 21:8), Timothy (2Ti 4:2), Titus (Tit 2:1,15), etc. This office is to preach the gospel, and will be necessary as long as the church continues on earth. As this office did not require extraordinary gifts, it is permanent. And some, pastors and teachers. These were not distinct offices. Bishops, or elders, and especially those "who labored in word and doctrine" (1Ti 5:17), came under this head. A pastor should always be an elder, but it is not certain that a teacher was always an elder. These offices were all given for the purposes indicated in Eph 4:12.
Joel's comment on 2013-10-13 04:18:20:
my comment is a question how do you know when you have been called. and then what is the process God wants you to follow to become a pastor.
Jared's comment on 2013-01-12 11:28:04:
God called Prophets anciently both during the time of Christ's mortal mission and long before (Moses, Noah etc.). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God continues to call Prophets today for which I am grateful.
Ben's comment on 2012-10-21 02:43:02:
In Christ's church is the apostle the head. That was and is. Apostle Paul had not "seen Christ's resurrection and Christ chose him", but came a while after the resurrection. Thus, if I am looking for Christ's church, I need to firstly see if they have an apostle as their head.
M. Chaplin's comment on 2011-11-20 21:25:06:
My thoughts on Ephesians 4:11 encompasses the fact that God will call on anyone he chooses to unite His children and prepare them for the specific work for which they are call to do. However, the choosing of apostles is not done in this time because according to the scrptures and biblical scholars an apostle is a man that has seen Christ's resurrection and who he chose himself. Pastors watch over God's people who have been entrusted in the pastor's care. A pastor who is led by God can choose leaders such as teachers and evangelist from his congreation all to help to unify the people of God. One major factor which I believe is that God will equip the leaders to do that particular ministry. Also, there are some who will rhink that they have been called to do lead in these ministries, but often fail because they accept the title without realizing that it is God and God alone who can equip them for the ministry of evangelism, of teacher in the Word of God. I strongly believe that these ministries should not require from the congregation monies or financial gain.These actions can most assure caused discord among the saints not unity.
Ben Weaver's comment on 2010-12-14 12:42:53:
How definitions reshape themselves to fit our cultured traditions! This verse seems to list giftings rather than offices in corporations, as our organizing has established. We often appoint a pastor to function as administrator, evangelist, teacher, and prophet. It seems that prophesies in the Bible were always divinely inspired rather than through the prophet's intellect. He spoke messages (present or future tense) without understanding them himself. As I understand it, Teacher; was one gifted to teach precept and doctrine(by speaking or writing). Pastor is similar to; shepherd, one who feeds. Apparently, these are Christ- given gifts rather than just learned and appointed positions.
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