>> Sunday, May 17, 2009
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:1-8 KJV)
We are charged before God and Jesus to; Preach the Word; be instant (be ready) in season (when it is convenient) and out of season (when it is not convenient); reprove (bring to light, convict sin or wrong doing) rebuke ( charge sharply) exhort (encourage, strengthen, instruct and teach) with all longsuffering and doctrine. We have been charged with all these things. Paul is writing to Timothy possibly his last words a warning of things to come and how to prepare for them.
This same message is for us today. We must be obedient to do these things through the Holy Spirit because the time will come when others will not endure sound doctrine (we see this now everywhere!!!) after their own lust shall heap to themselves teachers that will teach only what they want to hear. In other words, watering down the message to make them feel comfortable about themselves, no thought of sin nor repentance, no gospel of truth,believing there are many ways to God and heaven. They shall turn away their ears from the truth....
They shall turn away, meaning they have once been with the truth and they turned from it to follow fables. Paul tells us even while all this is going on around us today, we are to:
Watch in all things (be aware of the evil and cunning lies of the enemy) endure afflictions ( do not run from them stand fast in your faith, stand courageous for truth and righteousness) do the work of an evangelist ( share the truth) make full proof of the ministry. SHOW PEOPLE GOD WORKS!!! EVIDENCE THE FULL PROOF OF JESUS CHRIST'S MINISTRY.
How do we know this applies to us as well? ALL SCRIPTURE is given... for instruction. Through obedience the blessings come and if, if, if, we obey. God says, If you, I will.
Let us be looking and in love with His appearing!!