Minister

“One who serves, as distinguished from the master. (1.) Heb.” “meshereth, applied to an attendant on one of superior rank, as” “to Joshua, the servant of Moses (Ex. 33:11), and to the servant” of Elisha (2 Kings 4:43). This name is also given to attendants “at court (2 Chr. 22:8), and to the priests and Levites (Jer.” 33:21; Ezek. 44:11). “(2.) Heb. pelah (Ezra 7:24), a “minister” of religion. Here used “of that class of sanctuary servants called “Solomon’s servants” in Ezra 2:55-58 and Neh. 7:57-60. “(3.) Greek leitourgos, a subordinate public administrator, and in this sense applied to magistrates (Rom. 13:6). It is applied “also to our Lord (Heb. 8:2), and to Paul in relation to Christ” (Rom. 15:16). “(4.) Greek hyperetes (literally, “under-rower”), a personal “attendant on a superior, thus of the person who waited on the” officiating priest in the synagogue (Luke 4:20). It is applied “also to John Mark, the attendant on Paul and Barnabas (Acts” 13:5). “(5.) Greek diaconos, usually a subordinate officer or assistant “employed in relation to the ministry of the gospel, as to Paul” “and Apollos (1 Cor. 3:5), Tychicus (Eph. 6:21), Epaphras (Col.” “1:7), Timothy (1 Thess. 3:2), and also to Christ (Rom. 15:8).”

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