x243........The Link of What Leadership is--Hegiomai"

3 Times in the book of Hebrew we are told to "obey them that have the rule over you"---

Heb 13:7* Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Heb 13:17* Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Heb 13:24* Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

From these scriptures, it seems clear that amongst Christians, there is someone--a person whom God has chosen (apparently) to "have the rule over" others. From these verses we have assumed all the concepts of "pastoral authority" and the concepts that we should "submit" to those who "rule" within the church.

The problem is that we have not defined these words correctly. The problem is that we have defined "rule" by the standards of the world--(and what was powerful Christian tradition at the time of the translation of the King James bible) rather than the standards of the bible. We have ignored what Jesus spoke about Christian "rule".

this "rule over" can be directly related to this one word in the Greek.......study this carefully-!

hegeomai {hayg-eh'-om-ahee} v

--- count 10, think 4, esteem 3, have rule over 3, be governor 2, misc 6; 28

1) to lead 1a) to go before 1b) to be a leader 1b1) to rule, command 1b2) to have authority over 1b3) a prince, of regal power, governor, viceroy, chief, leading as respects influence, controlling in counsel, overseers or leaders of the churches 1b4) used of any kind of leader, chief, commander 1b5) the leader in speech, chief, spokesman 2) to consider, deem, account, think


As we can see, the Greek definition contains the concept of a person who "has authority" over others. It has the definition of rule or command over others. This is the way "rule" is defined in the world---in fact this is exactly what Jesus said defines "rule "---but in the world!

Have we defined this word "rule over" in the worldly way? Or have we defined it the way that Jesus said to define it?

the same exact Greek word--"hegeomai" is used in Jesus' description of what He wants "rule" to be within the church.....

25* And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26* But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief (hegeomai), as he that doth serve (Luke 22:25-26)

Jesus defines "hegeomai" specifically as service to others--rather than "authority over" others. The translators switched the word here to "chief" rather than "rule over" as in Hebrews--but it is the very same Greek word!

Christian ministry is specifically NOT rule with authority over others!!!

Jesus clearly defined leadership in the world as being the use of authority over others---and clearly defined leadership within the church as service to all---Therefore it must be clearly that those that "have the rule over you" in the book of Hebrews must be the servants of all--not people who exercise authority over others.