8 ὑμεῖς δὲ μὴ κληθῆτε· Ῥαββί, εἷς γάρ ἐστιν ὑμῶν ὁ διδάσκαλος, πάντες δὲ ὑμεῖς ἀδελφοί ἐστε· 9 καὶ πατέρα μὴ καλέσητε ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, εἷς γάρ ἐστιν ὑμῶν ὁ πατὴρ ὁ οὐράνιος· 10 μηδὲ κληθῆτε καθηγηταί, ὅτι καθηγητὴς ὑμῶν ἐστιν εἷς ὁ χριστός· 11 ὁ δὲ μείζων ὑμῶν ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος. 12 ὅστις δὲ ὑψώσει ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται, καὶ ὅστις ταπεινώσει ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.
1) διδάσκαλος, didaskalos, teacher, lecturer, instructor, master
2) πατέρα, patera, father, father-priest
3) καθηγηταί, katheigeitai, sr. professors, sr. lecturer, professors, doctors of knowledge, pastor, minister, etc
4) ἀδελφοί, (The word contains the idea of sister too, if there was one woman in the room, the room was still address in the masculine form, ἀδελφοί, adelphoi, brother and sister, and totally, and socially structured horizontally and egalitarian)
They know the ban is there in Greek, so they just add new words to cover Christ's teaching with smoke. "Brother/sister" is the only role that Christ ordained, period. I know, but wait a minute, Jesus had apostles, right?Okay, - look up the word "apostle" and find the number of times Jesus used the word. It is a very short list. In fact, - there is no list. Jesus never used it, and it doesn't appear until Acts 1. Moreover, historically, the professional suthsaying priesthood/clergy has translated this word "apostle" to mean "general of Christ." That is absolutely incorrect. An "apostolos" was a messanger, period. General, or better for our language, military advisor, is stategos, the stratician. Hellenistic Koine had absolutely no concept of "command general," and that is why when Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, then entire Hellenistic World was thrown into utter chaos because there was no sense of "general," let alone a "command general." No such idea in Hellenistic Koine, and that was why when Alexander died his successors immediately went to war. Jesus never once used the word desciple, and according to Matthew 23, anything other than "brother and/or sister" was thrown into the trashcan of history.
Ever notice that so many churches have their members chant that "Jesus died for my sins" but then they stop? It is a chant. Yes, Jesus died for our sins. Bingo! But he also died to make "church" a gathering and you your own "priest." Anything higher than that is the Man from Galilee.
Mark, Chapter 1:1, "Ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου Ἰησοῦ Xριστοῦ."
1) Ἀρχὴ, archei, begins, beginning, first
2) εὐαγγελίου, euangeliou, from euangelios, gen., good+message,
3) Ἰησοῦ Xριστοῦ, Jesus Christ, of/from Jesus Christ
I dare you. Go over to Revelations 2:6, " Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. "
Over the course of the last 1,900 years "the church" and done all sorts of textual yoga to try to teach that the "Nicolaitans" were a wild *** cult. Here is the news. There is absolutely no historican reference by any author of antiquity for such a group, club, cult, or Malibu *** party. Zero.
On the other hand, Greek was not written like this. It was written:
LIKETHISANDIFYOUWANTEDTOKNOWWHATWASWRITTENYOUHADTOTAKEITAPARTANDFIGUREOUTWHATWORDGOESWITHWHATANDNOCOMAPERIODORPARAGRAPHORSENTENCEOREVENAPAGE. Even notice how many times the word "and" shows up in the New Testament?
Remember the eunuch in the chariot? He wasn't saying exactly what is translated that he said, not exactly.
So, it isn't just that "Nicolaitan" was two words that somebody once thought should go together. ALL words were put together or separated as they thought the Greek meant them to be divided. The problem is they didn't read or think that way. Accordingly, "Nicolaitan" could just as easily be transcribed as "Niko Laitan."
Nike = winner, master, champion, over-lord
Laitan = the people, the body, all the believers
Works = the rituals, the church-hoki-poki, the light-the-candel-here-then-light-the-candel-there-turn-around-swing-the-smoke-throw-it-in-their-hair.
τὰ ἔργα, erga, "the works" is tough for modern minds because people have often been taught in Protestant circles that "works" in the New Testament means "deeds." That is only part of the canvas. τὰ ἔργα here references the "religious kabuki" play that follows a temple-religious script, a correct temple "dance" that those in charge of it imply was given to them from God. Back to Matthew 23 and we can see that Jesus burnt this as rubble by completely illiminating the heads of those in charge of all these rituals. "Sabbath" doesn't mean just the "day." Sabbath means the whole ritual. "Dinner" doesn't just mean the table, but it means the event, the food, the service, and the table where all that happens. Like that, the word "sabbath" references the whole ritualistic patternistic observance. And that is why in Matthew 12:8 we learn who is the "Lord of The Sabbath."
Next time you walk out of a church on Sunday look up. Notice where the Sun is. You are being herded into the sunlight at a very specific time so that Apollo can clearly see that you went temple and paid for your "works." Well, where is the Sun at 12:00 PM, and why do we call it "Sun Day"? Look into the year 321 AD.
Mark 1:1, the Good News of Jesus is that he is the Lord of the Sabbath, so you are free to worship God right where you are standing, and you don't have to pay for it. The Good News of Jesus is that your home is your gathering, and where there are two, there is three. That is an "Ekkleisia," a "church." See Philemon 1. The Good News of Jesus is that you have one teacher, one pastor, one minister, one priest, one father, and he lives out of town.
America is dying because the American people have turned their backs on God, yet when they turn back to God, they go right back to the Byzantium temples that God completely and utterly crushed in the first place. Behold the 7 Lamps of the Fellowships of Asia, for God promised to remove them from their lamp stands. Look up each city and see what happened to each and every one of them.
Don't worry about it. Don't worry if your fellowship has two people. Don't worry about it. Ever heard of a chap named Socrates? Have you heard about that part where he was accused of "corrupting" the young men of Athens? Anybody heard of that? Part of that is true, but only part of it.
Socrates was hauled into court over two major issues, not one. On the charge of "corrupting the youth of Athens," he was completely acquited of that. What they "nailed" him on was he refusal to do his city's officially approved ritual-sacrifice-pray-services, called in Greek, Eusibia, and so his official charge was "Aeusidia."
Jesus took all that garbage to the cross. You can meet in your home for fellowship, but you can meet anywhere for fellowship, that is as according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus did just "leave it out." Flip through it, and you will find that Jesus took his own teachings very seriously. Up until 321 AD, folks were pulling their hair out because they couldn't find what day they were supposed to practice the Sabbath. So, in 321 AD, ... they added it, skipping over Matthew 12:8.
μηδὲ κληθῆτε καθηγηταί: μηδὲ is two negatives right next to each other, no+butnot, I would prefer, "... no, you may not and shall not lable yourself ... " and just fill in all the honorific titles for religous big kahuna that people need to lust after. For once they get the title, then you have to go when and where they say so.
Jesus threw it all in the trash....