SPIRITUAL HIERARCHY AND SUBMISSION
As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children (I Thessalonians 2:7).
In our day, it's common for believers to teach and believe that any hierarchical authority in the church is wrong.
With such belief, growth is hindered; it's true that those in authority or in position of leadership don’t impose themselves to the people rather they serve them with all meekness.
From our theme scripture, we see Apostle Paul giving clarity on this; he said although they had spiritual authority to demand or command them to do certain things, they didn't. Rather, they nursed them in humility like children.
This teaches us that, as Jesus said; Leadership in the Kingdom is done perfectly with servanthood spirit. Though that does not mean our spiritual leaders don't deserve their respect.
Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told his disciples of the authority given unto him and he said he will be with us until end of time. So when you connect this scripture to1 Peter 2:2, it shows there are babies in Christ that are supposed to be nursed with meekness and humility. And we find that for these babies to grow spiritually, they must get spiritual milk.
There are hierarchies in the spirit, if there are babies in Christ! Of course we are not all babies and we are all not of the same age.. There are those grown already and are in the age of papas or grand papas but there are also those who are still youth's and those that are teens even babies. So respect is rewarded at a level you are. And submission is required to them that dual.
Once you limit yourself from acknowledging and receiving such truth, it clearly shows that you a baby because babies don't understand this kind of language. We all know the language babies comprehend!
The picture of an infant or baby needing the help of the mother is very revealing—showing the need for believers to submit to their spiritual leadership for the good of the them to be fed the pure milk of the Word of God (1 Peter 2:2). Such leaders such as apostles had spiritual authority over local elders and were respected as such.
This submission came willingly as people respected the apostles, especially those that saw our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh (John 1:14).
It's very paramount for believers to learn to submit and give dual respect while in their talking and actions with their leaders. If leaders of the world deserve respect how much more leaders in the Kingdom!