Preach the Word

Preach the Word

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. – 2 Timothy 4:2

2 Timothy 4:2-4

 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

In 1924, Dallas Theological Seminary was founded. Its motto is: “Preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2). On the seminary seal, these words are inscribed in the original Greek: Kerusson ton logon. Thoroughly equipping the Father’s children to know, properly handle, and preach the Word of God is the epicenter of its purpose for being. Over the years, their mission has slightly transformed. It now reads, “to glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.”

What makes DTS unique? They pass on the primary tool that the Father has provided for spiritual growth and development, the Scriptures. They teach the truth of the Scriptures and equip their students to do likewise. Every one of seminary’s ministry degree program covers all 66 books of the Bible. DTS trusts the living word of God to change lives.

Near the end of the Apostle Paul’s life, coming ever closer to the executioner’s axe, Paul wrote some final instructions to his disciple, Timothy. What was most important to him? That is what he passed on to Timothy. Think of it as, Paul’s last words.

2 Timothy 4:1-2

 1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:

 2 Preach the word of God.

Paul’s words were riveting, solemn, and passion filled. In Paul’s mind, the stakes could not have been higher in light of what was coming for both Paul and Timothy. They share a common mission and purpose. They had both been called by the Father into His service.

Paul is created vivid images for Timothy to lock onto. It is though Paul mystically whisks Timothy away and transports him into the very presence of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Once there, with the Father and the Son as witnesses, Paul ardently exhorts Timothy to preach the word. When Moses exhorted the nation of Israel to do what was right, he did something similar. He called on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make (Deuteronomy 30:19).

It is somewhat analogous to being sworn in to testify a modern courtroom. Paul is essentially saying, “I have solemnly sworn to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God! Now Timothy, my son, you do the same!”

Anyone can understand this. But finding yourself in the presence of God, pierces the hearts of all those that have been similarly called. Consider Isaiah the prophet.

Isaiah 6:1-8

 1 I saw the sovereign Lord seated on a high, elevated throne . . .

 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim . . .

 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

 5 I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal . . .

 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your evil and guilt are removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

 8 I heard the voice of the sovereign master Lord, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” I answered, “Here I am, send me!”

REFLECT & PRAY

Putting first things first. The Father has commissioned all of His children to share the good news and teaching of His redemptive work bringing salvation to the world

Father encourage my heart to fulfill the tasks that You have given to me.

INSIGHT

The Father tasked His Son with a mission. The mission statement was outlined in a messianic prophecy (Isaiah 61:1-2a). In Luke 4, the Lord Jesus Christ visits Nazareth and goes to worship in the local synagogue on the Sabbath. In New Testament times, part of the worship service, was reading from Old Testament scrolls and commenting upon what was read. Commenting upon the Scriptures had become a Jewish tradition called targuming. This particular day the scroll of Isaiah is handed to the Lord Jesus Christ. He read it aloud.

Luke 4:18-19

 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,

 19 and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.”

Jesus handed the scroll back to the synagogue attendant and sat down. All eyes were fixed upon Him awaiting His Targum. He exclaimed, “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” (Luke 4:21) On that particular Sabbath day, Lord Jesus Christ began to preach the good news and to proclaim liberty. Jesus in turn, exhorts His disciples to proclaim publicly the things which He taught them (Matthew 10:27).

The word herald is somewhat archaic to modern ears. Throughout history, heralds were entrusted with a message and were dispatched to proclaim it. The Greek word for herald is kerux. Kerusso is the verbal form of herald. It means to proclaim, announce, make known extensively, and preach. The Greek word translated preach in 2 Timothy 4:2 is kerusso.

Preaching is all about communication, proclaiming publicly the Father’s redemptive work of bringing salvation to the world. The preacher is not to offer his own opinions or conjectures. He is to preach the Word, the Father’s eternal, authoritative Word of truth.

Just before His ascension, the Lord Jesus Christ shared with His disciples what was most important to Him. In much the same way as Paul, they were His last words.

Matthew 28:18-20

 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Each of the Father’s children have the same commission. It is been called the Great Commission.

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