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TCH MINI-STUDY: 49
 
PREACH THE WORD
 
The apostle Paul wrote Timothy, his dearly beloved son in Christ, 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. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
 
What is this word that Paul is instructing Timothy to preach? In verse 2, the word word is translated from the Greek word logos, which means something said, doctrine, preaching, tidings, utterance, or, specifically, the Divine Expression, that is, Christ. Logos is also a specific reference to the gospel of Christ and the Kingdom of God: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word [Greek, logos] of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:12-13), and For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word [Greek, logos] of the truth of the gospel (Colossians 1:5).
 
In verse 4 of our subject veres above, Paul writes that those who do not endure sound doctrine shall turn away their ears from the truth. What is this truth that Paul is referring to here and that those who will not endure sound doctrine shall turn away from? Again, Paul answered this question in his letters to the Ephesian and Colossian churches. The truth that Paul refers to in Ephesians 1:13 is the gospel of your salvation, not the bible or scriptures.
 
In verse 1 of our subject verses, Paul clearly identifies Christ as the word [logos] when he refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, and then immediately instructs Timothy to Preach the word [the logos, Christ and the gospel message].  So, why did Paul instruct Timothy to preach the word or message of the gospel? For, as Paul wrote, the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine [which is the gospel]; but after their own lusts shall they [some in the church; see 2 Timothy 2:20] heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth [of the gospel], and shall be turned unto fables. The great apostle Paul wanted Timothy to exhort the church to focus on Christ and the truth of the gospel, not on fables.


 HEAR MY PRAYER, O LORD
 
Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God:thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
(Psalms 143:1-12)
 
THINK ON THESE THINGS
 
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are
true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on
these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received,
and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you"
(Philippians 4:6-9).