Third in a series of studies in 1 Timothy 5
“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17).
The context shows clearly that the word “elders” here means those who have the oversight of a congregation in contrast to the use of “older men” in verse 1. The word “rule” does not imply that elders are to serve as dictators; rather, it means the elders are the ones who stand before a congregation as leaders.
Elders lead by example, provide edification, show concern for the souls of the members, and oversee the work in which a congregation is involved. Some have described them as “leading servants.”
Those who do their job well are “worthy of double honor.” The first honor is the honor and privilege of serving in such a position of leadership; the second honor is receiving financial assistance for those elders who are especially absorbed with the responsibilities of their position.
As with the categories of people designated earlier in this chapter, elders should receive love, care, and respect from those whom they serve.