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- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:52
"Whether ... our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ." If the words are translated literally, these brothers were "apostles of churches, glory of Christ." Mr. Darby therefore translates, "deputed messengers of assemblies, Christ's glory." This suggests the lovely thought that assemblies in some unique sense express Christ's glory. This is consistent with the truth of many New Testament passages. The glory of His headship (1 Corinthians 11:3), Lordship (1 Corinthians 12:3), and sacrifice (1 Corinthians 11:26) are among the honors that belong to Christ and are uniquely displayed in the assembly. In fact, every detail of the design of the assembly "says, 'Glory"' (Psalm 29:9, NASB).
The more general consensus of translators, however, is that these men who accompanied Titus were honorable men, expressing the glory of Christ. Nameless, they carried a financial gift to Jerusalem, having been sent by the churches for this purpose (in this sense, they were -apostles," sent ones). They set the standard for all who serve God's people in whatever capacity; they expressed the glory of Christ. Since the context is the commendation of these men, this is more likely the meaning of the passage.