Matt.12:25- But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them:
“Every kingdom (jurisdiction, territory, region) divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided againt itself will not stand.”
The kingdom of God and the church (ekklesia) work hand in hand to carry out justice and judgment so that every region may have the rule and reign of the kingdom expressed through His commission! The Father chose “apostles and elders” to lay the framework… so that what takes place in the region through delegated authority may advance in the city (church) and house. (local assembly)
These elders have varying degrees of authority and commission, as Paul the apostle told Timothy, “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of “double honor”, especially those who labor in the work (preaching) and doctrine. (teaching)” (I. Tim. 5:17)
There are local elders and there are city elders, even as Paul placed Titus in Crete as a ‘ruling’ elder, or bishop/overseer with an apostolic distinction: Titus 1:5- For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain (appoint) elders in every city as I commanded you—”
These regional, or ruling elders, are simply mature statesmen, ambassadors of Christ and His kingdom, set in place by the charismata of apostles and prophets to help protect fivefold ministry gifts and operations so that the apostolic administrations may be effective and fulfilled! (2 Co. 5:20 – 2 Co. 10:12-16)
The “Stewardship of the Apostleship” brings forth a mature eldership, in turn establishing the foundation of Jesus Christ through “discipleship”! This will expand the government of God so that all elders and deacons, with the saints, be equipped, edified, and empowered to fulfill the apostolic mandate of the kingdom!!!
Romans 1:5- Through Him (Christ) we have received “grace and apostleship” for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,…