'We believe that every member of this body of Christ is engaged in the blessed work, either directly or indirectly, of giving meat in due season to the household of faith. “Who then is that faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household,” to give them meat in due season? Is it not that “little flock” of consecrated servants who are faithfully carrying out their consecration vows—the body of Christ—and is not the whole body individually and collectively, giving the meat in due season to the household of faith—the great company of believers?' Watchtower Nov 1, 1881, Article 'In The Vineyard', 4th and 5th par from the end of the article.
'Thousands of the readers of Pastor Russell's writings believe that he filled the office of "that faithful and wise servant." and that his great work was giving to the household of faith meat in due season. His modesty and humility precluded him from openly claiming this title, but he admitted as much in private conversation.' WT, Dec 1, 1916, Article: Biography (of Pastor Russell), Subtitle: 'Harvest Work'.
'the editor and publisher of Zion’s Watch Tower [ in Nov 1, 1881 ] disavowed any claim to being individually, in his person, that “faithful and wise servant.” He never did claim to be such. However, he did continue to edit the Watch Tower magazine down to the day of his death on October 31, 1916', God's Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached, 1973, page 346 (Bracket added to clarify what this 1973 publication is referring to.)