Authority: Examples with Specific and Generic Qualities (1)Series: Authority
Bible Authority: Examples with Generic and Specific Qualities
(see charts on lesson 2)
- TUPOS - a mark of a stroke or blow, a figure formed by a blow or impression (Jn. 20:25; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 10:6-11).
- MIMEOMAI - to copy, imitate. Related passages: Philippians 3:16-19; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 7; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9. Exercise: What is the specific authority in Paul's example that we must follow? Paul's trade of tentmaking (Acts 18:3) was GENERIC. We cannot bind generic choices, options without committing the sin of being contentious. The specific instruction that is binding is "to work" and not be idle (compare disorderly and orderly, 3:7, 11). POINT: In rightly dividing the word of truth, it is imperative to rightly discern between generic options and specific instruction.
- HUPODEIGMA - under + show = a private sign. John 13:15, "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you." The specific instruction was not to wash feet but to unite the trait of humility with service. Washing feet was a generic option to teach or convey specific instruction. We cannot bind generic choices, options without committing the sin of being contentious.
*In addition to this, we also looked at the conflict that could arise between circumcision and Sabbath-keeping (Lev. 12:3; Exod. 31:14; Jn. 7:21-23). An extension and application is made by Jesus in John 7:21-23. What are some thought-provoking exercises related to the Lord's actions and what does this teach about His view of the popular teachings of His day that defined the Sabbath in a different light than what was originally instructed?