2 TIMOTHY 4:2

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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Share the word?   No.  Preach it.

Preach : Publicly proclaim or teach; spread it around; earnestly advocate it; advise; urgently exhort; instil.

“Sharing” has no spiritual power.

Be instant in season and out of season :  whatever the time, the circumstances – preach the gospel regardless.

2 Corinthians 6:2 ~ (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Reprove : Chide, chastise, castigate.

Rebuke : Lambaste?  (This one doesn’t always go down too well…..) criticize, censure, harangue……….  Lambaste means to criticize someone/something sharply – in this case it would be the religious system or religious beliefs they hold onto, the Pope, mainline, denominational, institutionalized christianity, false preachers and teachers………. error or ignorance that keeps people hellbound.

Admonish : Lecture, warn, caution, implore.

Strong words.

Exhort :  Strongly encourage, urge, charge, persuade.

“……. with all long suffering and doctrine.”

Longsuffering AND doctrine.

Longsuffering :  Having patience, with tolerance, uncomplaining

Concerning #sharing the gospel – it doesn’t quite fit the bill when it comes to the Apostle Paul’s command.  You can share it and most people will ignore it – and they do, I speak from experience.  They need to be jolted out of their spiritual sleep, be implored, warned……….. cautioned.

I know that when preachers preached hellfire and brimstone to me in my unsaved days – they scared the living daylights out of me.  I used to wake up at night after imagining my body being buried and wonder where my spirit would be – and my mind would implicitly confirm that it would be hell.  Suffering from claustrophobia didn’t assist matters either…….. I imagined myself trying to claw myself out of hell.  Not a nice picture.

I looked at it from the viewpoint of being trapped in the centre of the earth with no way out – not ever seeing the sky again, nor breathing in fresh, cool air, and putting up with everyone’s wailing………………. being separated from God – imagine spending eternity like that?  And why?  Because I was too proud, ignorant of God’s will and didn’t give it much thought – too busy making money and living my earthly life?

The question one has to ask oneself is :  Is an average of 80 years on this earth more important than where you are going to spend eternity?  Since God created us, imagine what it would feel like spending eternity being separated from Him – with no recourse.

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