Preach You the Word
Rev. James Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 4:1-8.
Paul puts Timothy under his ordination vows once more. Whether it is a time when the Word is received with joy or a time when the Word is rejected with hatred, the preacher must preach the Word of God as it has been given in Holy Scripture. This teaching is sure and firm, yet delivered with patience as God works when and where He wills. As people turn this way and that looking for a false preacher to scratch their sinful itch, Timothy, and every pastor, must remain faithful in proclaiming the truth of God’s Law for the purpose of preaching the Gospel and thus fulfilling his ministry. Paul stands as an example of this. His life and ministry are a pleasing offering before the Lord because of the righteousness freely given to Him in Christ. By that grace, Paul knows that his impending death will lead to his reception of the crown of righteousness that is given to all who love the Lord’s appearing.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.