SUBJ: The centrality of Christ and
sound doctrine as the message to be preached and believed with a warning
as to the tendency of men not to endure.
AIM: That we should be diligent in
the protection of our hearts and minds from the prodding of the world to
depart from the inspired Word of God.
INTR: While our focus will be upon
the first 5 verses of chapter 4, it is essential here to confront the
therefore in verse 1 and look back.
1. If we do not believe and
embrace fully the divine inspiration of Scripture, we have no real basis
for hope and are left to our own whims and those of others. Your
2. Seeing first that it is they that are able to make one
wise unto salvation (not a methodology) which is through faith in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
3. The functionality is precious and comprehensive;
the man of God is thoroughly furnished along with those who follow in
THESIS: Opposition to
the Word of God appears in the efforts of men to exalt man to a place of
prominence in the work that is by grace alone and that occurs dependence
on human wisdom or action is claimed – that which was required of and
accomplished by Jesus our Lord sets all such claims aside.
charge to Timothy and me (vv. 1-2)
1. Paul does not mince words; he
rather calls out that all is to be ordered before God and Christ Jesus
1) It is God who has “breathed out” the scriptures and to
challenge their teaching is to challenge Him.
2) It is to the
scriptures (in that Christ is therein declared) that will reference will
be made in judgment.
3) It will be at His appearing and Kingdom –
many thoughts, but judgment of all is certain and their will be no
2. The mandate then is to preach the Word; it is not to
develop programs and insert the pragmatic ideas of men. Preaching the
Word is the sum and substance of the Gospel ministry
1) To always be
in the way of preparation and to be devoted to such study
2) We are
to seize upon advantageous times as well as those that do not seem to
3. And so, to:
1) Reprove – errors to be dealt with out
of the word of God
2) Rebuke – In a way that suits the situation,
first privately, then as needed, but graciously in any event
exhort – that is to strongly encourage in whatever the circumstance and
again with the Word of truth
4) And to do so with patience and
understanding – the fruit of the Spirit exercised.
II. The reason
for the charge (vv. 4-5)
1. This care is in anticipation of that
which is sure to come, has come, and will continue if the Lord tolerates
the rebellions of men.
2. These things we call out, not as a matter
of observation; it is rather that we be advised that not only will it
occur, it will endeavor to influence the Lord’s people. (If we could
correct it, we would and should strive to do so).
1) We first note
the issue and the reaction to it – it is sound doctrine which is the
teaching of Christ our Lord.
2) It is that they cannot stand to be
held up against it or in comparison to it (We must ever be checking
ourselves and our faith against the Word).
3) It is not religion that
is being rejected; it is sound doctrine.
So, the intent is to
discredit and question the truth and authority of the Word.
so, steps are taken to ease their conscience and feed their pride. They
follow those who will teach in such a manner as to allow them to be
self-serving and self-exalting; to make the feel good (scratch my ears).
4. The result is they are turned unto fables born out of the depraved
imaginations of men.
III. The management of the charge (v. 5)
1. Directed to Timothy and me to pass on to you.
2. It would be
interesting to ask several people what they thought the duties of a
pastor to be.
3. Here have that given to us by the Word:
thou in all things. See 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things;
and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience,
meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession
before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12.
2) Endure afflictions –
personal affronts, illness, or whatever may befall: Thou therefore
endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3.
Be an evangelist and so press the necessity of the Gospel to all.
Make full proof of the work of the ministry – especially preaching the
Gospel, attending the ordinances, and generally be the Lord’s under
shepherd caring for His people – “feed my sheep.”