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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

104- Vicars and servants Image: Ordination of new Coptic priests صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رسامة كهنة جدد Image: Ordination of new Coptic priests

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رسامة كهنة جدد

[16] There Is No Distinction Between Their Work As Vicars And Servants

Before God they are servants, and before the congregation they are ambassadors and vicars.

(1 Cor 4:1-2) Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. {2} Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

[17] Here We Observe The harmony Between Service And Vicarship

(Luke 12:42-44) And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

{43} "Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. {44} "Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

In these verses we observe this synonymy.

[18] The Apostles Combined The Service Of Reconciliation with their Ambassadorship.

(2 Cor 5:18,20) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the

ministry of reconciliation, .. . Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.

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