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Being Ministers of God Reflections on the ‘Servant’ concept in Isaiah. The minister and the ministers (9:15am Saturday) The suffering and joy of the minister (11am Saturday) The wisdom of the minister (11am Sunday). The Minister and the Ministers. Isaiah 42:1-9 2 Corinthians 4.

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being ministers of god reflections on the servant concept in isaiah
Being Ministers of GodReflections on the ‘Servant’ concept in Isaiah
  • The minister and the ministers(9:15am Saturday)
  • The suffering and joy of the minister (11am Saturday)
  • The wisdom of the minister(11am Sunday)
the minister and the ministers

The Minister andthe Ministers

Isaiah 42:1-9

2 Corinthians 4

who is the minister
Who is the Minister?

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.

Romans 15:8-9

25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves… Luke 22:25-27

Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf.

Colossians 1:7

  • Israel (Isa 41-42)
  • The disgraced minister (Isa 42:19)
  • The minister for Israel (Isa 49:3-5)
  • The ministers in Israel (Isa 61-66)
  • Jesus, minister for Israel
  • Redeemed Israel: ministers for the nations
  • Us?
minister terminology
‘Minister’ terminology

db,[, (MT)=

paij (LXX and NT quotes of LXX)=

diakonoj (NT)

ministers of christ
Ministers of Christ
  • Colossians 1:7[Epaphras] is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf
  • 2 Corinthians 4:5For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants [douloi] for Jesus' sake.
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Being Ministers of GodReflections on the ‘Servant’ concept in Isaiah
  • The minister and the ministers(9:15am Saturday)
  • The suffering and joy of the minister (11am Saturday)
  • The wisdom of the minister(11am Sunday)
the suffering and joy of the minister

The Suffering and Joy ofthe Minister

Isaiah 49:1-13

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

the minister
The Minister
  • The suffering minister(Isa 49:7, 53:3-9)
  • The minister of joy(Isa 53:10-12, 61:1-3)
  • The ministers of joy(Isa 56:6-7, 61:4-7 & 10, 65:13, 66:14)
  • Paul, the minister who rejoices in sufferings(2 Corinthians 6:1-10)
colossians 1 24 25
Colossians 1:24-25

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known …

philippians 1 17 18
Philippians 1:17-18

The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice…

2 corinthians 13 9
2 Corinthians 13:9

For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

philippians 2 17
Philippians 2:17

Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

colossians 1 11
Colossians 1:11

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

romans 5 3
Romans 5:3

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

1 peter 4 12 14
1 Peter 4:12-14

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

anxiety for the churches
Anxiety for the churches
  • 2 Corinthians 11:28-29And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
  • Galatians 4:19my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!
the wisdom of the minister

The Wisdom of the Minister

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

1 Corinthians 2:1-10

the wisdom of the world
The wisdom of the world
  • The wisdom of the kings(Isa 10:12-14)
  • The wisdom of their advisers(Isa 19:11-12)
  • The wisdom of the Israel’s advisers(Isa 29:11-14)
the wisdom of god
The wisdom of God
  • Independent of human wisdom(Isa 40:13-14)
  • Wisdom, the minister and the kings(Isa 49:7, 52:13-15, 53:11)
wisdom in corinth
Wisdom in Corinth

I’m for Apollos!

I’m for Cephas!

I’m for Christ!

I’m for Paul!

wisdom the minister kings
Wisdom, the Minister & Kings
  • Isaiah 49:6-7he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." 7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
  • Acts 9:15-16But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."
christians and politics
Christians and Politics
  • Acts 24:24-25After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”