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Be the Magistrate

 

The leaders of the Church, including the elders were also magistrates who had the right to settle disputes. In fact, the people were told not to sue their brothers at law.215 The word law here is not the word nomos which is commonly translated law, but the words krino and krima which as a noun and verb are commonly translated judgment and judge.

The Christians formed their own government and settled disputes, cared for the needy and one another. Those chosen amongst them in a network of leaders were also the judges of their society, settling disputes and offering a system of appeals through the servant government of the Church. This is why, “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” John 10:34

The word gods, from theos, is defined “figuratively a magistrate”. The same is true of the Hebrew word elohim translated gods and judges in the Old Testament. It was “applied by way of deference to magistrates”. These are the gods many spoken of by Paul.

The purpose of the early Church courts was not to punish, but protect the people from abuse. They exposed evil and selfishness and shunned those who would not repent and make recompense. The governments of the world would punish the wicked.

If we are going to deny the power of Jesus to appoint a Kingdom, a government, even though it was a different form than the governments of the world, We are denying the gospel of the Kingdom at hand. Such churches may pretend a form of godliness, but they are clearly denying the power thereof.

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5:

The word power in this verse is dunamis meaning strength, power, ability. In denying the Kingdom as real and present these ministers are quite obviously denying the power of the Kingdom at hand.

 

 

Footnotes:

215Matthew 5:40 “And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.”

1 Corinthians 6:7 “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?”

 

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