Today’s Daily Scripture email has:
Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life.
~ Mt 20:28 (LB)
This is the problem with government – all government. Like everything else, it boils down to a matter of the heart.
What is Biblical governance? To be a Godly servant. Period.
Everything Most else is added and a deception.
[I was graciously reminded that there are more Scriptures on the subject, hence not “everything” else is added. The heart and core of a leader, though, must be to serve others, as Jesus’ quote proves. I will write more about the other Scriptures later.]
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Some of my first thoughts about governance looking into the scriptures, there is a comparison between 1st and 2nd Peter.
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ…" (1 Pet 1:1)
"Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…" (2 Pet 1:1)
The difference is "a servant", which is introduced before "an apostle" within the 2nd letter.
Why is there such, at most a change or at least an addition to the introduction of the first letter? Can too much be read into this subtle difference?
But basically is there something to be learned about governance with these nuances?
@Norbert: Honestly, I think you may be trying to read too much into it. I would think it more of significance that Peter would write "servant" first and then "apostle" than the differences between the letters.
It goes against the idea that he is the "chief apostle", and most of the apostles in their later years referred to themselves as servants first and foremost. In other words, I see very little indication that Peter, James or Jude ever thought of themselves as "preeminent" amongst the other apostles.