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Ideal Church of God:- Bishops teach the motal laws whilst Apostles Preach Gospel - 3. Thus, the close-circle Labourers of Jesus were to "teach" the rectified moral laws of Moses in honour of John, the Baptist and to "Preach" the Gospel in honour of Jesus. Further, the twelve had nothing to do with the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve secular thrones - Matt.19.28. As the Moses' priests could not be a women but men only, so the twelve were all men and it were the Labourers who were baptising men in water on behalf of John but not of Jesus as He was not a "teacher" but a "Preacher".
The twelve Labourers hired by Jesus were paid their wages, the "Holy Spirit", on Pentecost - Matt.20.8: "So when even was come, the Lord (God) of the vineyard (world) saith unto His Steward (Jesus), call the Labourers and give them their "Hire", beginning from the last unto the first". The Labourers of Jesus had forsaken worldly treasures for the sake of their Wage, the "Holy Spirit" - Matt.19.27: "Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore".
Thus, the Labourers of Jesus who first founded the Church of God headed by Jesus sold all their belongings to share a perfect communal life but the limitations of human "flesh" led them to some grumbling over such matters as to the distribution of food. This problem was resolved by the Apostles in Acts 6.1-4:".....Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men (and not a single "woman" because these seven were in the name of John, the Baptist) of honest report, full of the Holy ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word". So, among themselves the seven deacons elected a Bishop or a supervisor and the deacons were encouraged to teach the moral laws of Moses to people but they were not permitted to preach 'His Word' as the Preachers could not be the resident members of the congregation but the roving Saints who went from Church to Church ironing out the spiritual problems of the congregations and Their praises rested not with people but with God Who Ordained Them into His Service. The Preacher possessed the â€œDouble-edgedâ€ Sword of â€œHis Wordâ€; one edge clearing their own misconceptions and the other edge clearing those of the Congregations.