Saturday, January 10, 2015
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2 KJV).
In this day and age of “instant this and instant that,” we need more “instant” Christians!
Today’s Scripture reads within its context: “ 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.” Before Father God Himself, and before Jesus Christ our Lord, the Holy Spirit through Paul gave very clear instructions to Timothy (primarily, to all local church leaders, but all Christians can benefit as well).
Note the three specific commands: (1) “Preach the word,” (2) “Be instant in season, out of season,” and (3) “Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Firstly, we are to preach God’s Word, the Holy Bible, not impressions, traditions, speculations, and superstitions. Secondly, we are to be so skilled in God’s Word rightly divided that we can quickly bring inquisitive people to verses pertinent to their situations or questions. Lastly, we are to “reprove” (blame, disapprove), “rebuke” (stronger than “reprove,” “rebuke” is sharp disapproval or severe criticism), “exhort” (strongly encourage) “with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Christians skilled in God’s Word rightly divided are commanded to “with all longsuffering [patience for an extended period of time] and doctrine [teaching that is to be believed]” correct false teachers. They do this by lovingly, meekly, and gently preaching or teaching God’s Word dispensationally (2 Timothy 2:24-26). Doctrinal errors will be thus manifested, and these erring people have opportunity to turn from such nonsense. The skilled Bible students are to then encourage the false teachers to embrace the truth he or she has set forth (the skilled Bible student was “instant,” ready, to correct error). Ultimately, the false teacher is to decide which to seek. In the context of the epistle, Timothy, as a mature church leader, is to stifle false teaching in the local assembly and remove from teaching/leadership positions Christians who refuse to turn from the doctrinal error (see 1 Timothy 6:3-6).
“Instant” Christians are the key to solid and stable local Christian assemblies….
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