Plurality

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
(I Thessalonians 5:12-13)

Look at the plurals here: “…WE beseech you…” : Who’s “we”? The apostles. The apostles are united as one voice.

And, “…to know THEM which labor among you…” “…esteem THEM very highly…” : In other words, there will never be a hierarchy: never one man over you in the Lord, you will never be answerable to one pastor/elder, but to several of them, jointly.

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