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The ministry of Ephesians 4:11 is divided into two groups, thus:
Apostles and prophets.
Inspired and foundational.
Evangelists, pastors and teachers.
Uninspired and continuous.
In 2 Timothy, the successor to Paul is the evangelist (2 Tim. 4:5,6),
and the successor to the prophets is the teacher (2 Tim. 2:2).
Another use of the figure of a foundation is found in 2 Timothy 2:19,
'Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure'. The R.V. reads here,
'Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth'. We have already referred to 1
Corinthians 3:10,11 and the following comparison with 2 Timothy, chapter 2,
may be helpful:
1 Corinthians 3 and 15
2 Timothy 2
The foundation (3:10,11).
The foundation (19).
Gold, silver, wood, etc. (3:12).
Gold, silver, wood, etc.
The trial dokimazo (3:13).
The approval dokimos (15).
Reward, or suffer loss (3:14,15).
Show (paristemi) the judgment seat
Work abides (3:13,14).
Workman that need not be ashamed
He himself shall be saved (3:15).
The Lord knoweth them that are His
Resurrection doubted (15:12).
Resurrection misplaced (18).
We are left in no doubt, in 1 Corinthians 3, as to the Foundation
intended there; it is Christ, 'for other Foundation can no man lay'. Neither
should we have doubt when we read 2 Timothy 2:19. Yet many wise and good men
have entertained many varied ideas on this point. Perhaps the most insidious
is that which confuses the foundation with the superstructure, and, relying
upon the A.V. of 1 Timothy 3:15, speaks of the foundation as though it could
be the Church. If we rest satisfied with the A.V. rendering of 1 Timothy
3:15 we may be found among those who maintain that 'the church is the pillar
and ground of truth', but if we go beneath the surface, we shall find
sufficient evidence to revise such an idea. First of all, this Church of 1
Timothy 3:15 is not conceived of as the spiritual, universal church, but is
called 'the house of God', concerning which Timothy was exhorted and
instructed as to how he should behave himself when present 'in it', and this
fifteenth verse is at the conclusion of a section entirely devoted to a local
church, probably held in the house of a bishop (1 Tim. 3:1 -5). Now it is
unbelievable that such an assembly should ever be indicated as 'the pillar
and ground of truth'. Nowhere in the whole range of New Testament teaching
is such an idea to be found. If we ignore the punctuation of the English
versions, recognize the fact that a change of theme is indicated in 3:16,
omit the article that has been added by the A.V., we shall arrive at the