Who is? Who? Key leaders in both Testament
|1. The priests
Men set apart for specious duties, acting as mediators between God and man the offering of sacrifices and other functions relating to divine worship.
|2. The Prophets
Men divinely called and inspired to deliver God’s messages, particularly in relation to future events.
In the New Testament the word “prophet” refers to a person who had received a special spiritual gift enabling him to interpret or proclaim truth, and does not necessarily involve the element of prediction.
|3. The Scribes
These were men who were originally secretaries or writers. In later history the term refers to a class of men who were students, copyists, and interpreters of the Iaw.
Ezra was the most famous of their number. In New Testament
time they were leaders among the Jews, associated with the priests, sticklers for the letter of the law and hostile to Christ.
|4. The Elders
In the Old Testament they were leaders in the community or among the tribes. In the new Testament times they were the men among the Jews ,together with the scribes and priests.
In the early church they were leading officials elected, or appointed, to perform certain duties and invested with more or less authority in the administration of affairs.
|5. The Apostles
Originally the twelve disciples chosen by Christ and named apostles, by him, Lu.6.13. Matthias was afterward s chosen by the church Ac.1.26. Paul was later on added to the number by special divine call.
The word is sometimes applied in a less restricted sense to men of apostolic gifts, like Barnabas, Acts 14: 4,14.
|6. The Deacons
Christian officials appointed to perform some special duties, generally of a subordinate character.
The origin of the office is generally traced to the appointment of the seven men mentioned in Acts 6:1—6.
The qualifications for the office are given by Paul, 1 Tim. 3:8,9.