From the quill of Paul and the Mouth of GOD: a socially unacceptable message.
2 Timothy 4:1 I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes his Kingdom:
2 proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching.
Jesus will judge ALL people period the end. It’s going to happen. And whether one believes it or not is irrelevant to the fact of its fulfillment. Discussion finished.
Jesus will establish His Kingdom here on earth period the end. It’s going to happen. And whether one believes it or not is irrelevant to the fact of this fulfillment. Discussion finished.
And if that was not socially unacceptable enough we get to verse 2 which is written only to the Followers of Yeshua the Messiah or in the Western World — Jesus the Christ – One and the Same. And to us we are commanded by our King and Messiah as He has every right to do, we are commanded to Proclaim the Word. It is not an option period the end.
Let’s put this succinctly: Every Follower of Jesus Christ who is not proclaiming The Word is disobedient. Discussion Finished. Of course, Father is eager to discuss, or perhaps a better word, rehearse with us our steps to repentance and restoration.
Next. No off days. Be ready when you want to and when you don’t want to, to Proclaim The Word into every situation He opens for us. And that’s just the way it is.
And finally. Convict, censure and exhort.
All extremely socially unacceptable in this society – probably was in the 1st Century too – they just didn’t have instant messaging worldwide to stir up the masses.
Convict. Defined as: To make aware of one’s sinfulness or guilt. via convict – definition of convict by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Say wait a minute. I thought that was the HOLY SPIRIT’s job to convict. It is. But obviously, from this Scripture, we are called to be a conduit of His conviction. Won’t that be a challenge in this world?
Censure. Defined as: To express official disapproval of via censure – definition of censure by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
The word official in the definition of censure really helps me understand. It is not my disapproval that is to be expressed it is HIS disapproval and what He has approved and disapproved of is clearly revealed in The Word. The Word we are to proclaim.
Exhort. Defined as: To give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings. To inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to via exhort – definition of exhort by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Exhort is a really good word I think. It has both negative and positive aspects. Along with the negative, we give the positive!
Well, that’s a fatal blow to the apathetic live and let live philosophy!
And we do this
with unfailing patience and with teaching
Unfailing patience. However long it takes, however many times the door is opened by the HOLY SPIRIT, keep on keeping on proclaiming The Word.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”
Well, I can tell you, my Friends, this comes to me before it comes to you.
Father, this quiets me. I can only agree with You and rely upon You to teach me and guide me to all obedience. Thank You in Yeshua’s Mighty name.
Taking names and needs (email me if you want to be included) to the Father in prayer on this 36th day of 2014,