steward

steward

A person who oversees the possessions or interests of an owner or master. Stewardship might involve responsibility for a private household (Gen 44:1; Luke 12:42; Gal 4:2), a specific task (1Chr 29:6), a palace (Esth 1:8; 1Kgs 18:3; Isa 36:3; Luke 8:3), business affairs (Matt 20:8; Luke 16:1-8), or a city treasury (Rom 16:23). Also, in the NT, the word is used in a metaphorical sense for having responsibility for divine mysteries, such as the gospel (1Cor 4:1), some divine commission (1Cor 9:17), or a divine gift (1Pet 4:10). Bishops or elders are called stewards (Titus 1:5-9) and are expected to possess holy qualities as they manage the household of God. The apostle Paul also saw himself as a steward (1Cor 4:1-2) who would have to give an account of his stewardship (1Cor 4:3-4; 2Tim 4:7-8) as the Apostle to the Gentiles (Eph 3:2; Gal 2:7-8; Rom 1:5-6; Rom 13-15:5). There is also a sense in which every Christian is a steward entrusted with a divine gift (1Pet 4:10). Faithful and wise stewardship of this gift or “talent” will result in blessing and reward, but unfaithfulness will result in judgment (Luke 12:42-43; Matt 25:14-30).

Gen 44:1

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Luke 12:42

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Gal 4:2

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1Chr 29:6

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Esth 1:8

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1Kgs 18:3

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Isa 36:3

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Luke 8:3

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Matt 20:8

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Luke 16:1-8

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Rom 16:23

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1Cor 4:1

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1Cor 9:17

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1Pet 4:10

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Titus 1:5-9

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1Cor 4:1-2

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1Cor 4:3-4

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2Tim 4:7-8

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Eph 3:2

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Gal 2:7-8

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Rom 1:5-6

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Rom 13-15:5

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1Pet 4:10

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Luke 12:42-43

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Matt 25:14-30

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