Touch Not the Lord’s Anointed.
The gospel of grace is entirely incompatible with a preening, self-promoting ministry. Paul knew his sin – he was “the chief of sinners.” He also knew the grace by which he had been saved. That is why he conducted himself in so lowly a fashion. He believed in pastoral authority – that much is clear – but he chose to work without the wages he deserved, to live without the wife he might have taken, to be insulted, beaten, chained, and ultimately killed. He believed in pastoral authority, but he sought to exercise that authority with something of the grace and mercy which the Anointed of God had shown to him.
What a foul disservice we do to the Word of God, then, if we go back to the Old Covenant and grab a verse about the Anointed of God and use it to set ourselves up with the very pomp which Christ and His Apostles rejected!