Text: 2 Tim. 4:1-2
Intro.: "I charge thee...preach the Word"
Unfortunately, today, the pulpit has been turned into a lectern, and the preacher has been converted into a teacher. Even worse, many preachers have been converted into story-tellers, illustrationists, humorists, or Christian Humanists in the pulpit, all the while, chastising their hearers for worldliness and carnality!
"I charge thee...preach the Word"
"I charge thee...preach the Word"
2 Tim. 4:1-5 -- "The God We Preach Before" -- prayer
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S PLACE IN PREACHING
A. His Charge ("I charge thee...preach the Word")
Note: Lest we become confused, let's remember that
Paul was but an empty vessel in the service of his Lord. Yes, Paul lived,
yet not Paul, but Christ lived in Paul, who lived by the faith of the Son of
God. Though Paul lived this passage, and recorded this passage, this is not
Paul's charge, for "...holy men of God spake as they were moved by the
Holy Spirit" (2 Pet. 1:21)
1. An authoritarian charge ("I")
2) As God He is the Convicter of the soul
II. GOD'S PRESENCE IN PREACHING
A. He is Omnipresent (everywhere present)
Note: Why do we fail to realize that the G od of glory is present in His house /Assembly? Certainly, the place which God inhabits must experience a His special Presence during assembling and preaching.
2. He is Present in the Trinity (God); which is to
say, the totality of His Person/attributes.
Note: The Father represents the place of provision. The Son represents the example of service. The Spirit represents the power of obedience.
2) The lost experience that force, as they are brought to stand before the throne of judgment.
Note: The Father represents judgment for sin. The
Son represents substitution for sin. The Spirit represents conviction of
sin. God has only one message for the lost, "...as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
(2 Cor. 5:20)
B. We are Before God
Note: Could it be illustrated as if we preach
through a veil with a likeness of God on our side, and the likeness of
Christ on the other? Much like the example of Isaiah who saw the Lord from
the O.T. side (Isa. 6:1), but saw Jesus Christ from the N.T. side (Jn.
12:41) We can see the people through the veil and the people can see the
preacher through the veil, but it is before God we preach to bring men to
III. JESUS CHRIST'S PRESIDING IN PREACHING
Note: Two descriptions of Christ. First, His Person. Second, His position and purpose.
A. Present in His fulness
Note: "In fact the construction reveals that the
word "God" and the names "Lord Jesus Christ" refer to the same Person"
B. Presiding as Judge
Note: It is as if we are personally responsible for preparing men for the day of final accounting. The "living" to become more like Christ, "For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son" (Rms. 8:29) and "dead" to either receive Christ, "And you being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quicken together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; (Col. 2:13), or to stand before the awful majesty of God unto damnation, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:15).
C. Promising His Appearing and His Kingdom
(Here is the reason for the charge!)
Note: His appearing and His kingdom are warnings to the lost, and a caution to the saved. And preacher, when He appears you shall give an account of your ministry as the under-shepherd of one of the Chief Shepherd's flocks, "...as they that must give an account..." (Heb. 13:17)..
IV. THE WORD PREACHED IN PREACHING
B. How The Word is to be Communicated
Note: "This speaks of a herald of a King, one who brings the King's message and not his own. It is to be proclaimed in a formal, grave and authoritative manner, a message which must be listened to and obeyed at once!" (Weiss) It is the making known, without any reference to the contents, and does not include the idea of teaching. (Bullinger) Its authority rests in its Author, but its dignity rests with the herald! The King's message is the message of Jesus Christ, His shed blood, and redemptive work, "...that in all things He might have the preeminence." It is not preaching about Peter, Paul & Mary!
2. It is to be exposed (expository) as the Holy
Spirit set it down.
Note: We have no authority to disassemble the
message as set forth by God. It must grieve the Holy Spirit when men misuse
His Word. It is not a diving board (a jumping off place), a skate board (to
go in any direction) , a spanking board (discipline), a board of directors
(a list of directives), a board of psychology (a counseling manual). It is
the inspired, infallible, eternal Word of God! How dare we pick and choose
even the order of its proclamation?
3. It is to expose Christ, Who is the Word
Conc: Our responsibility in preaching is not to our listeners, but to our God! If we please God with our message, we will surely please both the lost and the saved. But we can only please God in direct proportion to our glorifying of the Lord Jesus Christ. We glorify His Son by exposing Him in all His glory to our listeners. We can best expose Christ by an orderly, contextually exposition of the living Word. Thus the Holy Spirit is able to do His heart-work, pressing the claims of Christ upon the lost, and molding the desire to be like Christ on the saved. I am not here to accuse, but our churches are dying spiritually, because we (preachers) have left our first Love, and are feeding the sheep the crumbs from under the table.
Christian friends, you do not have the responsibility of preaching, but you may be teaching, and you are all hearing the preaching. Do you come to worship with a desire to see and learn of Christ?
Are you saved?
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