Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.
For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, The laborer is worthy of his hire. (1 Timothy 5:17-18). [Amplified Bible].

5:17 The primary function of elders is to rule well. The word honor was used in ancient writings outside the Bible to refer to financial remuneration. Double refers to two types of honor: (1) respect for ruling well and (2) adequate pay for their diligent care of the church (see 1 Cor 9:1-14). Those who labor in the word of doctrine are those elders who preach and teach the Scriptures.

5:18 For the Scripture says: With two quotations, one from Deut 25:4 and the other from the words of Christ in Luke 10:7, Paul provides proof for the principle of providing adequate financial care for elders. The Luke passage is especially note-worthy because it shows that the Gospel was considered by Paul to be Scripture along with the Book of Deuteronomy.
[THE NKJV STUDY BIBLE Second Edition].



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