This is my first arc so bear with me... Arc process - While doing the arc, I broke it out into 3 separate propositions, 1) we are not higher than our teacher, 2) we need to be trained, 3) resulting in being like our teacher. I saw this as a progresssion as we grow to be like our teacher. I see the training as the action and the result being "like his teacher". This arc'd response is also the overarching purpose, to be like his teacher, and in this case the teacher is Christ. Furthermore, the state where we are now, not higher than our teacher, is a negative, however, as we grow in Christlikeness, we experience the positive, being more like Him. Summary - I see this as a parallel to the relationship between Jesus and His disciples, to what we would experience with a pastor to a parishioner or with leaders who are discipling others. It creates an ever escalation of training and growing in Christ which results in a complete, ever evolving transformation as described in 2 Cor 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. As opposed to inhibited growth, as long a church leadership is continuing to grow in Christlikeness, other's who will follow will become more Christlike as is the mission of biblical leadership - someone who moves others to a higher level of Christlikeness. If leadership does not continue to grow in Christlikeness, growth will be inhibited within the congregation. Cross references - Matt 10:24-25a - A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. John 13:16-17 - Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Joh 15:20 - Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 1 Co 1:10 - Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 2 Co 13:11 - Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Ph 3:12 - Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Heb 13:21 - make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet 5:10 - But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Jn 3:2 - Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
"A pupil is not above his teacher;
but everyone, after he has been fully trained,
will be like his teacher.