Servants of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:1 (Equal Ground)
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:” Philippians 1:1
The Equal Ground of Service:
Timothy was Paul’s “son in the faith” (I Timothy 1:2) yet here, in the opening of the book, Paul places Timothy and himself on the same level – servants. Timothy wasn’t Paul’s “assistant”. Paul expounds on this a bit more in Ephesians 6:9 when he tells masters to remember that their Christian slaves have the same Master they do. They may be above them in earthly matters, but spiritually, they are both slaves of God. He also says in I Corinthians 3:8-9 that “he who plants and he who waters are one, but God gives the increase”. There is no room for any slave to boast over being a better, more profitable slave than another. We are all slaves, and are to remember that when relating to other brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am not advocating that we should not have pastors and teachers; Scripture is very clear that those are given by God to the church. But for one to use his position as a means to demand respect, view self as above another by being more beneficial to God and His work, or commandeer the people of God is to take a twisted view of the reason these men are given to the body.
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…”