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In my opinion, no better way to describe his job.
With respect to Apostolic Succession. There are several concepts that can easily be used to show various aspects… Forgive me for not knowing exact chapter verse… a failing of mine… I’ve focused too much on the what and the why, and not so much the where in the bible.
In Acts, We are told that someone is needed to fill the seat vacated by Judas. If there is no need for apostolic succession, why is there even a mention for a need to fill the seat.
Need For Elders and Church Leaders
Timothy talks about the need for good solid leaders. Without those leaders, the church would have flailed out of control. So too with any organized fill in the blank. It needs guidance. Considering that there is an entire chapter devoted to who can be a leader, as well as a reiteration in Titus (by the way, my favorite book. Titus is a great place to start when summing up all of the NT. no new concepts introduces, only reiteration), Leaders are highly important
The Greatest of all…
In Mark there is a debate that goes on between the apostles on who is the Greatest. This is telling because the Apostles felt that someone should be in charge. Second and more important. Jesus’s response is very telling. He did not say that all were equal. He said that the greatest among you must be the least and a servant to all. (My signature) However, this was not meant as a slap, as he follows it by saying “just as the son of man came not to be served, but to serve”
Laying on of Hands
A very important part of becoming an elder is the laying on of hands. If you did not have someone lay their hands on you, then you are not a valid elder. There are several catches to this. The person laying his hands on you, must have also had hands laid on him, as well the person who laid HIS hands on That person… so on and so forth… all the way back to the Apostles. If you cannot trace the lineage of laying on hands back to the apostles, you are not a valid elder… Apostolic succession in its purest form.
There is a second catch. The Holy spirit is no longer with someone that is Anathematized. So, someone in Heresy cannot validly ordain
You know these arguments… but lets take the one verse everyone has issues with out. There are two other verses directed at Peter to indicate his status. He gives Peter the Keys. You give the keys to the person you want in charge. Anything you hold I hold. He’s trusting peter to make the right decisions. Again, you dont tell that to everyone, just the one you want in charge. However, taking this a step further… Jesus wont give someone the ability to make decisions Jesus is going to hold, unless he can ensure that those decisions will never counter him… In other words… Infallible teachings with respect to faith and morals
Shadow of in the Old
As with everything, there must be some shadow of theology x in the OT. The whole Old is revealed in the New thing. There was always always always a head of the faith. Personally, I consider Moses the first proto-Pope
If Jesus says someone is to be the greatest, that means a Pope at least for the apostles time. This person will be protected from errors in teaching Faith and Morals. However Acts said vacant seats must be filled. Vacant seats must also be filled by someone validly ordained. In order for someone to be validly ordained, it must come from someone that can trace their ordination to the apostles
Hope that helps