What is a Chief Elder? The Bible is full of key characters God called into special places of service for Him. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samson, King David, King Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and Jeremiah to name a few. These were all Chief Stewards of the house of God. They all stood in the place where God called them and strove to be faithful to God's purpose for them.
The Bible says, “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you," (1 Thessalonians 5:12). God identifies those whom He set in the position to oversee the work of building His church. In the first century church (First 8th Week) Apostles Peter, James, and John were assigned by God as Chief Elders of the church and were spoken of as “pillars” of the church. The Chief Elders accepted their responsibility as servants of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although the church is a body of believers, and the government is a body of elders, and Jesus is the Head of the Body, we are to know who the Chief Elders are that God called to establish the end time church (Second 8th Week). When we recognize their authority we honor God who gave it. The church is going through a re-examination of the Headship of Jesus Christ, the teaching of Apostolic Governance, Christian doctrine, and the Christian priesthood, discovering that they need to go back to the cross, back to the basics of the Christian faith. For this purpose God raised up the Chief Elders of the Second 8th Week to lay the path for the church, to blaze the trail for others to follow. Their pioneer work made it possible for Christians to again understand the gospel of Jesus Christ as it was understood by the early apostles.
The Apostle Paul, writing to a young man named Timothy, urged that prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made “for all that are in authority,” both religious and government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). This is a time where the entire church can become unified in celebration of what God is doing in our midst.
Callings: The question is often asked today about why a person needs to say that he or she is called to the apostles' office. Let's look at who is asking the question. Is faith asking this question or is aspiration asking the question? The aspiriaton of man is always in competion with one another, seeking to find equity in the flesh, so aspiration walks around with a ruler in his pocket to measure the flesh agaisnt the flesh to make sure that the principle of man does not rule over him. Those who rule by the aspiration of man refer to apostolic calling as a title of distinction rather than the calling of grace. God allows this to happen for our discernment that we may know who is led by grace and who is led by aspiration and that we may learn to stand in the fear of the Lord rather than the fear of man.
Always remember: A true Christian carries another kind of ruler in their pocket. Faith measures everything to Jesus Christ. So faith is not asking the question about the reason to identify one's calling as Apostle or Chief Apostle. Faith measures to Christ and always finds in Him the equity of grace.
Never forget: God used the word Apostle to indicate the measure of grace He gave to Paul, and Peter, and John. God is teaching the church about authority. The Bible says that the authority is in grace. God wants us to remember that it is grace that carries the authority of the calling and the calling that carries the authority of Jesus Christ because Jesus is the Head of His church. What this means is that the government sits upon His shoulders, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder,” Isaiah 9:6. Men and women of faith see Christ in His government and do not fight against His grace.