If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Corinthians 16.22, 23
1 Clement 57, 58
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“Ye therefore, who laid the foundation of this sedition, submit yourselves to the presbyters, and receive instruction so as to repent, bending the knees of your hearts. Learn to be subject, laying aside the proud and arrogant self-confidence of your tongue. For it is better for you that ye should occupy a humble but honourable place in the flock of Christ, than that, being highly exalted, ye should be cast out from the hope of His people…May God, who seeth all things…grant to every soul that calleth upon His glorious and holy Name, faith, fear, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety, to the well-pleasing of His Name, through our High Priest and Protector, Jesus Christ…”
Submit? Who submits to anything these days except whatever he feels like doing at any moment? Do our churches submit to Scripture when it comes to how we order ourselves for life and ministry? Or do we just do whatever we think will work best for whatever purposes we’ve chosen to adopt? Clement ended his letter with an appeal to the rebels to submit and return to their proper place within the congregation, lest they be put out through discipline. And he called upon the Lord to watch over the whole process and to bless the faithful. Clement has provided a sound model of pastoral leadership – Biblical, edifying, gracious but firm, according to the proper order for building the Church, for the sake of love and the witness of the Body, and under the watchful eye of God and Christ. His commitment to building Christ’s Church as Christ Himself has ordained should be instructive for us yet today.
What have you learned from Clement about the work of pastoral ministry?
T. M. Moore
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