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Executive Officers

 

The Greek word huperetes227 is also translated ministers but it is more often translated officers. Such a minister was the executer of commands of a superior officer. A soldier of the faithful Roman centurion who recognized the power and authority of Christ to heal his servant was huperetes, as was Paul when he served the government of the Pharisees in the persecution by the prosecution of those who left the government of the Pharisees and accepted Christ as their King. Jesus had recruited Paul as His huperetes:

“But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister [huperetes] and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;” Acts 26:16

The term hyperetai could have meant officers in the army or navy or applied “to any person who acted as the assistant of another, and performed manual labour for him”228

Colleges that were not administered by city governments would have hyperetai. “Similar to leitourgia which had a very general meaning of ‘service’ but with a particular sense of ‘self-sacrifice’ that in Asian cities usually took the form of financial expenditures. The word hyperesia also had a broad meaning with special significance when it came to city administration.”229

This office was clearly a governmental trust and included financial responsibilities. The term is even used to describe David’s service as overseer of the treasury of Israel.

The word appears in reference to John Mark who accompanied Paul and Barnabas. They had been on missions of mercy carrying major funds and supplies for the relief of Christians in need. They were the original Faith Emergency Management Auxiliary of the Church.

 

 

 

Footnotes:

2275257 huperetes; AV-officer 11, minister 5, servant 4; 20 1) .. 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

228http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperetes

229City government in Hellenistic and Roman Asia minor By Sviatoslav Dmitriev, Oxford University Press, USA (February 17, 2005).

 

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