A person’s seniority and/or status, especially in military, government or priestly positions. Christians should not be concerned about rank or status.
Differences in rank amongst those in charge of both military and civil affairs
Judge Jdg 2:16-19 The book of Judges calls individual judges “deliverers” e.g., 3:9, 15.
Tetrarch Lk 3:1
Division of labour involving different degrees of responsibility Ex 18:20-23
Rank was conferred as a reward
Rank within the priesthood
Officers in the NT churchIn contrast to the priesthood, offices within the NT Church are according to gifts; individuals with different gifts are listed but do not form a hierarchy: Ro 12:4-8; 1Co 12:28-30; Eph 4:11 Even where there is a hint of rank, the qualities of both classes are very similar: Php 1:1; 1Ti 3:1-13
Some elders are worthy of double honour 1Ti 5:17 Comparison between verses 17 and 28 of Acts 20 shows that the same individuals could be called “elders”, “overseers” or “shepherds” (pastors).
Jesus Christ taught his disciples not to seek rank or status