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Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ all preached a form of government that operated by public servants that depended on charity and the perfect law of liberty which set men free. "Bishops, presbyters(Elder) and deacons occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146

Servant

Matthew 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

The first time we see the word servant in the New Testament it is the word pais which is also translated child or son and maid and maiden.[1] Even though it appears 24 times[2] it only is translated servant 10 times.

Another word we see in the Bible translated servant 120[3] times is doulos.[4] It is from the word deo [5] shich means to bind, tie or fasten.

It also appears 8 times[6] in the Epistles as douloo [7]


Another word translated servant is diakonos [8] It appears some 31 times but appears as minister 20 times[9] and servant 8 times.

Anoter word we see 4 times as servant but appears 20 times in the New Testament is huperetes[10] which is more often translated 'officer'.

There is also the word misthotos meaning hired servant [11]

Several translations render the Greek doulos (δούλος), the word for “slave”, as “bondslave,” “bondservant,” or similar forms. Some try to explain this difference by looking back to Exodus 21:6, which lays out the procedure for a debt slave to become a life-long slave by the piercing of the ear with an awl.

Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, and Jude all describe themselves as “bondservants of Christ” (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1 (NKJ)

Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, and Jude are merely using the basic word for a person who is owned by another. What this term does is make reference to the fact that the ordained minister of the Church established by God through Jesus Christ the Messiah and King belong to God like the Levites and the Church in the wilderness.[12]

"Feed my sheep!" Before Jesus was able to provide the people with loaves and fishes in Mark 6:39 He "commanded" His disciples to "make" the people sit down in companies upon companies in divisions and "ranks" of "in fifties and hundreds". Christ also told His disciples not to be like the rulers and princes of the Gentiles who provided benefits by exercising authority one over the other.
Everyone who got the Baptism of Christ was "put out" of the Jewish synagogue system which was also composed of ten families through which they provided welfare with the "Corban" of the people.
Your ministers should not be rulers but servants because Christ came to serve. Every man should be led by the Holy Spirit. The minister is supposed to be serving by making the people voluntarily organize themselves in Companies of tens, fifties and hundreds, and thousands so that people may love one another into the practice of Pure Religion.

MINISTER

The noun minister in the testaments means servant.

In the Church there are two types of altars, Clay and Stone.[13]

These terms like altars of stones or earth are metaphors for elements of a system by which men may remain free souls under God the Father in Heaven with no other gods before them.

While reading the Old Testament we may believe that we are being told to pile up stones and kill sheep and oxen as if by doing so we will create the loyalty and honor required to maintain and protect a free society. The truth is much simpler and far more practical once we understand the Sophistry of false teachers.

We know the Pharisees had strayed from the teachings of Moses. We know that Jesus, as the Christ came preaching the Kingdom of God at hand and appointed that Kingdom to His titular servants.

Have Modern Christians and their ministers also been led astray into a state of apostasy and under a strong delusion?

Moses and Christ were in agreement.[14]

Every man is an altar of earth. The Hebrew word for earth when talking about altars of earth is "adamah". We are the Adamah. We are all sons of Adam. Each man plays his part in the kingdom of God by being a conduit for the sacrifices of his family in the practice of "pure religion".

If the ministers called out by God the Father will gather the people in companies as Jesus "commanded" in Mark 6:39 and "make" them sit down in companies upon companies in divisions and "ranks" of "in fifties and hundreds so that they may love one another in the practice of Pure Religion the Holy Spirit will come and bless His peculiar people.


Christ appointed His ministers to do a job and provide the services of Pure Religion through charitable practices, freely giving what was freely received like the Levites who were the Church in the Wilderness. They were public servants of a free government of, for, and by the virtue of the people and the ministries of His Church. Providing welfare through the state where men may call themselves benefactors creates a social compact with a corporate body that exercises authority which makes the word of God to none effect and snares the people as surety for debt. They gave up personal wealth being "called out" and relied upon charity. They were not mendicant which would be contrary to the early Church. They were to be in one accord, One Body, as the true Church. 1000 years later in the days of Lady Godiva the Church would look to the Benefactors who exercise authority and the Fathers of the earth becoming entangled in the elements of the world. It is time to repent!
  • "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

The Elder of each family chooses how his family is to serve his congregation and the whole community.

Religion is the performance of our duty to God and our fellow man. Everyone in the kingdom or seeking the kingdom must realize that they are ministers to each other. Ministers of the Kingdom are those who gather together to facilitate that ministry on a national and world-wide basis.[15]

The stone altars are also men, lively stones. The living ministers of the Church chosen by men, and ordained of God are the living altars of stone of the kingdom[16]. They are titular leaders and benefactors who do not exercise authority over the contributing of the people but minister their offerings for the good of those they serve with Freewill offerings in a system of Daily ministration according to the Perfect law of liberty.

The church is an alternative government form[17] based on "the perfect law of liberty" composed of families in congregations, and ordained ministers who are servants of servants facilitating a system of welfare through faith, hope, and charity that sets men free.

To find out more join the Living Network.

It is the mission of His Holy Church to teach The Way of Christ and document the boundaries of the Church, congregations, and the families as a witness of the the world of the Kingdom of God at hand.

For more about clergy and the Ministers of Record and the network of COREs:

Why Minister

The predominant form of government throughout history has been based on voluntary Networks often called the tens, hundreds, and thousands. We must not only ask, "Why ministers?", but also must ask, "What kind of ministers should we be seeking?" Most modern Christians have a distorted view of religion. They also have a false view of what the role of a minister is meant to be.

Ministers are first servants of God but also servants of the people. The Ministers of Christ are forbidden to exercise authority one over the other and therefore they are titular leaders like those of the early Church were to aid the people in the practice of Pure Religion according to The Way of Christ. While they functioned as the pure Republics of more ancient history and were "one form of government" the leaders of the people were titular, they did not rule or the bodies and minds of the people.

Ministers of the people are recognized and accepted by the witness of the people.
Ministers of the Church should then:
  • Come together to obey what Christ commanded according to the will of the Father,
  • Come together to serve others through love and just not yourself,
  • Come together to propagate Christ's doctrines and ordinances,
  • Come together in hope that the people "might be saved".

They should be assisting in the Corban of Christ and aiding the people in their duty of Pure Religion like the early Church who were attending to the Weightier matters as Christ warned.

They should be making it possible for the people of faith who love one another not to have to depend upon any minister of the world who exercises authority one over the other.

Even Polybius warned the people of their "appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force". John the Baptist said the same things encouraging charity among those who received his Baptism.

You cannot covet the property of others to provide your livelihood or you and your society will "degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch."

Authoritarian States use force and violence to become the Benefactors of the people. They force one class of citizen to provide for another. Proverbs 23 warned and Christ forbid that type of government.

Their solution was to not pray to the Fathers of the earth for their free bread and benefits which was a snare, but to set the table of the Lord through the Eucharist of Christ which was a daily ministration established by His Church through faith, hope, charity and the perfect law of liberty.

The same is true of ministers who are not rulers over the faith of true believers.

  • "Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand." 2 Corinthians 1:24

Many modern doctrines of Churches try to dictate tenets of faith based on private interpretation rather than the actual direct doctrines of Jesus. The true minister of Christ only facilitates the people's practice of Pure Religion by connecting them in a kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The ministers of God are not rulers nor spiritual gurus nor their comforters. Every man should be led by the Holy Spirit.

In Mark 6:39 Christ commanded His called out disciples to make the people organize themselves in small "companies"[18] which are the elders of ten families. Those elders choose a minister, usually another elder. Those elder ministers gather in a congregation of elders or Deacons in "ranks".[19]

A rank of fifty would be 5 "companies" of 10 families which would add up to fifty families.

Two "ranks" of fifties would be a hundred families or 10 "companies" of elders of families which would be 10 groups of 10 families.

This practical network of free assemblies is The Way to practice pure religion in faith, hope and charity according to the perfect law of liberty as free souls under God.

The most predominant form of government throughout history has been based on voluntary systems composed of a Network of what was called the tens, hundreds, and thousands. The original Israel, the Teutons and many others societies all did this including the early Church which did this to create a Daily ministration in order to practice Pure Religion which was the Corban of Christ.

Ministers of Recorded Elders

A Minister of Record of a Group of recorded Elders of congregations which is a Free Assembly of congregants may be referred to as a MORE or MOR

"And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach," Mark 3:14

Christ chose ministers to serve the people who were seeking the kingdom of God.

The Family was the creation of God. When families gathered in free assemblies by their mutual witness and freewill offerings to their Minister of testimony, or Minister of record, they formed the Congregation of testimony or Congregation of Recorded Elders CORE of the kingdom, and therefore the the Church. At the head of every family was the eldest living Father of that family unit. They were known as Elders.

Those Elders chose a minister of good report to help keep their fellow congregants connected. The minister looked out for their needs and kept them connected to the rest of the people of God. This peculiar bond of the people forms a literal nation, connected by their love and caring for one another as much as they care for themselves.

Those Ministers of Recorded Elders took care of the needy of that society in a network of mutual service as they taught the ways of Christ. They were to receive, preserve, and propagate His doctrines and ordinances as a body or community, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.

Those rituals and ceremonies were nothing more than the ways in which they took care of one another and conducted themselves in the world without applying to the Fathers of that world and their Benefactors.

All governments take care of the needs of the people they serve, but they do not all provide the benefits of that society by faith, hope and charity, nor by the perfect law of liberty. The Church is commanded not to exercise authority one over the other, yet it is defined as one form of government.

As ministers one to another, we are commanded to feed the sheep who follow Christ and the ways of His kingdom. Who is truly a minister of Christ? How will we know them? Can we ordain men as ministers of Christ, of His Church?

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." John 15:16

The Ministers of God are ordained of God, but as the seekers of His kingdom, each of us must learn to recognize who is God's minister and who is not. Every Elder is a minister and king of his own home, but to become and to remain free people under God, every family must seek to serve their fellow brothers in Christ by serving one another.

"... In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1

As God writes upon our hearts and upon our minds, we should learn to recognize the ministers of God; and in bearing witness to our faith in God we may also bear witness to those who serve Him. That witness is the covering every minister needs to do his job in the world. And that witness must be a tangible record to keep the Minister and the world separate or holy.

God desires that the diligent people who live by His love remain free souls under God. The ministers who facilitate the Love of Christ in the daily ministration to the people are the true servants. The ministers that send the people to men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority, take the Lord's name in vain. It is the responsibility of the people and true ministers of God to bear witness to the Father by bearing witness to each other.

God establishes His Spirit, but the world does not see things of the Spirit; so we have created a chain of authentication where the people may bear witness to their faith in God and His ways of righteousness by bearing witness to one another in a Sacred Purpose Trust.

Minister Qualifications

The ministers of the people who gathered in the early Church were often elected by the people from the pool of natural Elders of families to serve the purpose and mission designated by Jesus Christ in his appointed Kingdom of God at hand. Jesus had commanded that his disciples make the men, heads of families, gather in tens. Each group of ten also organized themselves in ranks of one hundred by picking a representative who also gathered in a group of ten. This was the most common way of free societies to organize and protect themselves for thousands of years.

Everyone seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness was to love one another and strive to keep the commandments of Christ. Early Christians knew they could not apply to the Fathers of Rome for free bread and at Baptism they had been put out of the system of Corban created by the Pharisees so they had to tend to the weightier matters and the daily ministration of the Church.

Those natural Elders who gathered in congregations of tens were the heads of families who ministered to their families but also had a religious duty to care for their neighbor's families in free assemblies as much as they cared for their own family. They would choose someone they could trust to connect them with everyone else in the whole free assembly of the early Church but they would still have to meet the approval of the apostles or others they appointed in order to be appointed.

We see the same precept used by Peter to find men take care of tables needed to daily ministration for the Greeks when he told the people to "seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

Titus 1:5 "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain[20] elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:"

We see a list of Character qualification that should be looked for in choosing a minister of the Church in Titus 1.[21] and Titus 2[22]

There is a reference to "aged men" which is translated from the word presbutes [23] Which can also mean ambassador and is from the word presbuteros [24]

The word Senator in Rome meant old men before it became an office of the State. At first, they had little power because Rome was a Republic but later as the people became slothful in the ways of liberty the Senate like we see in the Sanhedrin became an office of power.

In the Church those Elders elected to the offices of the Church and or Ordained may not exercise authority over the people like the Benefactors of the World or they will cease to be His Church. The Corban of the Church must remain the result of Faith, Hope and Charity through the Perfect law of liberty.

While an Elder is first Father and Husband to his own family he does not usurp that role in the families he may serve when elected to an office of the Church. He is not a conscripted Father like the Fathers of the earth nor substitute Father or Husband to other families. He is a minister to the people of the offerings entrusted to him for the purposes of Christ.

According to Diocletian's second edict, it targeted "deacons, lectors, priests, and bishops" in 300 A.D. before the corruption of the church by the followers of Constantine. Deacons were ministers of tens.

While the people chose the elders who would be their minister those ministers were also appointed by the appointed disciples of Christ who were often called apostles. Jesus placed additional requirements upon His disciples concerning being in the world but not of the world, owning property, feeding His sheep and not exercising authority one over the other.

Priests in the kingdom did not rule over the people but they did rule over the votive offerings of the people. In the world, the priests force the contributions of the people because they do rule over others.

Bishops were merely overseers and servants of servants. But what were lectors? One simplistic definition was a reader of liturgy. A liturgical book was a book published by the authority of a church, that contains the text and directions for the liturgy of its official religious services.

(Titus 1:6; 1 Timothy 3:2).


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Footnotes

  1. 3816 ~παῖς~ pais \@paheece\@ perhaps from 3817; n m/f AV-servant 10, child 7, son (Christ) 2, son 1, manservant 1, maid 1, maiden 1, young man 1; 24
    1) a child, boy or girl
    1a) infants, children
    2) servant, slave
    2a) an attendant, servant, spec. a king’s attendant, minister
    For Synonyms see entry 5868 & 5943
  2. Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children <3816> that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
    Matthew 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant <3816> lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
    Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant <3816> shall be healed.
    Matthew 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant <3816> was healed in the selfsame hour.
    Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant <3816>, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
    Matthew 14:2 And said unto his servants <3816>, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
    Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child <3816> was cured from that very hour.
    Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children <3816> crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
    Luke 1:54 He hath holpen his servant <3816> Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
    Luke 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant <3816> David;
    Luke 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child <3816> Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
    Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant <3816> shall be healed.
    Luke 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden <3816>.
    Luke 8:54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid <3816>, arise.
    Luke 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child <3816>, and delivered him again to his father.
    Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants <3816> and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
    Luke 15:26 And he called one of the servants <3816>, and asked what these things meant.
    John 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son <3816> liveth.
    Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son <3816> Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
    Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son <3816> Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
    Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant <3816> David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
    Acts 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child <3816> Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
    Acts 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child <3816> Jesus.
    Acts 20:12 And they brought the young man <3816> alive, and were not a little comforted.
  3. Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant <1401>, Do this, and he doeth it.
    Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant <1401> above his lord.
    Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant <1401> as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
    Matthew 13:27 So the servants <1401> of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
    Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants <1401> said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
    Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants <1401>.
    Matthew 18:26 The servant <1401> therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
    Matthew 18:27 Then the lord of that servant <1401> was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
    Matthew 18:28 But the same servant <1401> went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
    Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant <1401>, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
    Matthew 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant <1401>:
    Matthew 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants <1401> to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
    Matthew 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants <1401>, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
    Matthew 21:36 Again, he sent other servants <1401> more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
    Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants <1401> to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
    Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants <1401>, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
    Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his servants <1401>, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
    Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants <1401>, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
    Matthew 22:10 So those servants <1401> went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
    Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant <1401>, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
    Matthew 24:46 Blessed is that servant <1401>, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
    Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant <1401> shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
    Matthew 24:50 The lord of that servant <1401> shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
    Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants <1401>, and delivered unto them his goods.
    Matthew 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants <1401> cometh, and reckoneth with them.
    Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant <1401>: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
    Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant <1401>; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
    Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant <1401>, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
    Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant <1401> into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant <1401> of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
    Mark 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant <1401> of all.
    Mark 12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant <1401>, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
    Mark 12:4 And again he sent unto them another servant <1401>; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
    Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants <1401>, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
    Mark 14:47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant <1401> of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
    Luke 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant <1401> depart in peace, according to thy word:
    Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion’s servant <1401>, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
    Luke 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant <1401>.
    Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant <1401>, Do this, and he doeth it.
    Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant <1401> whole that had been sick.
    Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants <1401>, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
    Luke 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants <1401>.
    Luke 12:43 Blessed is that servant <1401>, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
    Luke 12:45 But and if that servant <1401> say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
    Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant <1401> will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
    Luke 12:47 And that servant <1401>, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
    Luke 14:17 And sent his servant <1401> at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
    Luke 14:21 So that servant <1401> came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant <1401>, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
    Luke 14:22 And the servant <1401> said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
    Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant <1401>, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
    Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants <1401>, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
    Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant <1401> plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
    Luke 17:9 Doth he thank that servant <1401> because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
    Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants <1401>: we have done that which was our duty to do.
    Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants <1401>, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
    Luke 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants <1401> to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
    Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant <1401>: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
    Luke 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant <1401>. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
    Luke 20:10 And at the season he sent a servant <1401> to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.
    Luke 20:11 And again he sent another servant <1401>: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
    Luke 22:50 And one of them smote the servant <1401> of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
    John 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants <1401> met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
    John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant <1401> of sin.
    John 8:35 And the servant <1401> abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
    John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant <1401> is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
    John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants <1401>; for the servant <1401> knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
    John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant <1401> is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
    John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant <1401>, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s <1401> name was Malchus.
    John 18:18 And the servants <1401> and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
    John 18:26 One of the servants <1401> of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
    Acts 2:18 And on my servants <1401> and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
    Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants <1401>, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
    Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants <1401> of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
    Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant <1401> of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
    Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants <1401> to obey, his servants <1401> ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants <1401> of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants <1401> to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants <1401> to righteousness unto holiness.
    Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants <1401> of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    1 Corinthians 7:21 Art thou called being a servant <1401>? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
    1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant <1401>, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant <1401>.
    1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants <1401> of men.
    1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond <1401> or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
    2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants <1401> for Jesus’ sake.
    Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant <1401> of Christ.
    Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond <1401> nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant <1401>, though he be lord of all;
    Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant <1401>, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
    Ephesians 6:5 Servants <1401>, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
    Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants <1401> of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
    Ephesians 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond <1401> or free.
    Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants <1401> of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
    Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant <1401>, and was made in the likeness of men:
    Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond <1401> nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
    Colossians 3:22 Servants <1401>, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
    Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants <1401> that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
    Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant <1401> of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
    1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants <1401> as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
    2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant <1401> of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
    Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant <1401> of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
    Titus 2:9 Exhort servants <1401> to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
    Philemon 1:16 Not now as a servant <1401>, but above a servant <1401>, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
    James 1:1 James, a servant <1401> of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
    1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants <1401> of God.
    2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant <1401> and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
    2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants <1401> of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
    Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant <1401> of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
    Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants <1401> things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant <1401> John:
    Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants <1401> to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
    Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman <1401>, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
    Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants <1401> of our God in their foreheads.
    Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants <1401> the prophets.
    Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants <1401> the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
    Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond <1401>, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant <1401> of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
    Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants <1401> at her hand.
    Revelation 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants <1401>, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
    Revelation 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond <1401>, both small and great.
    Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants <1401> shall serve him:
    Revelation 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants <1401> the things which must shortly be done.
  4. 1401 ~δοῦλος~ doulos \@doo’-los\@ from 1210; n AV-servant 120, bond 6, bondman 1; 127
    1) a slave, bondman, man of servile condition
    1a) a slave
    1b) metaph., one who gives himself up to another’s will, those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men
    1c) devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests
    2) a servant, attendant For Synonyms see entry 5928
  5. 1210 ~δέω~ deo \@deh’-o\@ a root; v AV-bind 37, tie 4, knit 1, be in bonds 1, wind 1; 44
    1) to bind tie, fasten
    1a) to bind, fasten with chains, to throw into chains
    1b) metaph.
    1b1) Satan is said to bind a woman bent together by means of a demon, as his messenger, taking possession of the woman and preventing her from standing upright
    1b2) to bind, put under obligation, of the law, duty etc.
    1b2a) to be bound to one, a wife, a husband
    1b3) to forbid, prohibit, declare to be illicit
  6. Acts 7:6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring <1402> them into bondage <1402>, and entreat them evil four hundred years.
    Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants <1402> of righteousness.
    Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants <1402> to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
    1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is <1402> not under bondage <1402> in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
    1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made <1402> myself servant <1402> unto all, that I might gain the more.
    Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage <1402> under the elements of the world:
    Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given <1402> to much wine, teachers of good things;
    2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage <1402>.
  7. 1402 ~δουλόω~ douloo \@doo-lo’-o\@ from 1401; n m AV-become servant 2, bring into bondage 2, be under bondage 1, given 1, make servant 1, in bondage 1; 8
    1) to make a slave of, reduce to bondage
    2) metaph. give myself wholly to one’s needs and service, make myself a bondman to him For Synonyms see entry 5834
  8. 1249 ~διάκονος~ diakonos \@dee-ak’-on-os\@ probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands, cf 1377); n m/f AV-minister 20, servant 8, deacon 3; 31
    1) one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master,
    a servant, attendant, minister
    1a) the servant of a king
    1b) a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him
    by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use
    1c) a waiter, one who serves food and drink
    For Synonyms see entry 5834 & 5928
  9. Matthew 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister <1249>;
    Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants <1249>, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant <1249>.
    Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant <1249> of all.
    Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister <1249>:
    John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants <1249>, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
    John 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants <1249> which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
    John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant <1249> be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
    Romans 13:4 For he is the minister <1249> of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister <1249> of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
    Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister <1249> of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
    Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant <1249> of the church which is at Cenchrea:
    Romans 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. « Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant <1249> of the church at Cenchrea. »
    1 Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers <1249> by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
    2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers <1249> of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
    2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers <1249> of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
    2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers <1249> also be transformed as the ministers <1249> of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
    2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers <1249> of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
    Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister <1249> of sin? God forbid.
    Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister <1249>, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
    Ephesians 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister <1249> in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
    Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons <1249>:
    Colossians 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister <1249> of Christ;
    Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister <1249>;
    Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister <1249>, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
    Colossians 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister <1249> and fellowservant in the Lord:
    1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister <1249> of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
    1 Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons <1249> be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
    1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons <1249> be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
    1 Timothy 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister <1249> of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
  10. 5257 ~ὑπηρέτης~ huperetes \@hoop-ay-ret’-ace\@ from 5259 and a derivative of eresso (to row); n m AV-officer 11, minister 5, servant 4; 20
    1) servant
    1a) an underrower, subordinate rower
    1b) any one who serves with hands: a servant
    1b1) in the NT of the officers and attendants of magistrates as  —  of the officer who executes penalties
    1b2) of the attendants of a king, servants, retinue, the soldiers of a king, of the attendant of a synagogue
    1b3) of any one ministering or rendering service
    1c) any one who aids another in any work
    1c1) an assistant
    1c2) of the preacher of the gospel
    For Synonyms see entry 5834 & 5928
  11. 3411 ~μισθωτός~ misthotos \@mis-tho-tos’\@ from 3409; adj AV-hireling 3, hired servant 1; 4 1) one hired, a hireling
  12. Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
    Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
    Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
  13. Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
  14. Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
  15. Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
  16. 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
  17. : “Church. In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate his doctrines and ordinances.”
    “A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.” Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 325. also 4th, 5th 6th Ed.
  18. The word companies is repeated twice in original text.
    4849 ~συμπόσιον~ sumposion \@soom-pos’-ee-on\@ from a derivative of the alternate of 4844; ; n n AV-company 1, not tr. 1; Repeated twice in Mark 6:39
    1) a drinking party, entertainment
    1a) of the party itself, the guests
    1b) rows of guests
    This word sumposion is derived in part from the word pino which means "figuratively, to receive into the soul what serves to refresh strengthen, nourish it unto life eternal"
  19. ranks is also repeated twice in original text and is from the Greek word prasia which as a Hebrew idiom i.e. they reclined in ranks or divisions, so that several ranks formed, as it were separate plots or divisions.
  20. 2525 ~καθίστημι~ kathistemi \@kath-is’-tay-mee\@ from 2596 and 2476; v AV-make 8, make ruler 6, ordain 3, be 2, appoint 1, conduct 1, set 1; 22
    1) to set, place, put
    1a) to set one over a thing (in charge of it)
    1b) to appoint one to administer an office
    1c) to set down as, constitute, to declare, show to be
    1d) to constitute, to render, make, cause to be
    1e) to conduct or bring to a certain place
    1f) to show or exhibit one’s self
    1f1) come forward as
    Ordain#An_Appointment_Ex_Officio
  21. Titus 1:6 :If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
  22. Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
  23. 4246 ~πρεσβύτης~ presbutes \@pres-boo’-tace\@ from the same as 4245; n m AV-old man 1, aged man 1, aged 1; 3
    1) an old man, an aged man
    2) ambassador
  24. 4245 ~πρεσβύτερος~ presbuteros \@pres-boo’-ter-os\@ comparative of presbus (elderly); adj AV-elder 64, old man 1, eldest 1, elder woman 1; 67
    1) elder, of age,
    1a) the elder of two people
    1b) advanced in life, an elder, a senior 1b1) forefathers
    2) a term of rank or office
    2a) among the Jews
    2a1) members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people, judges, etc., were selected from elderly men)
    2a2) of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice
    2b) among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies; (or churches) the NT uses the term bishop, overseers, 1985 pastors, 4166 elders, and presbyters 4245 interchangeably {#Ac 20:17,28 Eph 4:11 Tit 1:5,7 1Pe 5:1-4 etc.}
    2c) the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God