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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope part 5

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Matthew 18:1–4

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

II. Jesus teaches the same thing in a parable because of a similar dispute about the kingdom. Christ placed a little child in their midst (Matt 18:2), demonstrating that as a child neither takes nor seeks preeminence, there is to be no superiority among ministers.

Pulling It Together

There are orders in the Church of Christ, but not levels of superiority. A pastor who will not listen is a pastor to whom no one will listen. A bishop who lords the office over others will displease the Lord. On the other hand, Christians who serve others may discover God calling them to greater responsibilities. Any office in the Church is always an office of service—not primacy. The greatest among us must be a servant (Matt 23:11).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me of some use in your kingdom. Amen.

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