2 Timothy 2:15
It’s interesting that the verb above is written in the imperative mood — which means it is a command, not a suggestion. While correctly handling God’s Word is a must for anyone preaching/teaching the Word, the command certainly applies to every Christ follower. How can we share the Word/truth with someone if we do not know it for ourselves? Chuck Swindoll grabbed my heart, as well as my attention, today when he spoke on the subject of knowing the Word — not only what it says but also what it means.
In “The Voice of Martyrs” William Barclay says this:
“It is not until a man finds his faith opposed and attacked that he really begins to think about the implications of that faith. It is not until the church is confronted with some dangerous heresy that she begins to realize the riches and wonder of orthodoxy. It is characteristic of Christianity that it has inexhaustible riches, and that it can always produce new riches to meet any situation.”
The question I pose to myself and readers is this: Do you know what you believe? I mean really know what you believe? My guess is that we would both be amazed by the number of people who have no clue as to what they believe. They show up for a Sunday morning service at any given church, listen to a message and leave. That’s it. Their minds are not discerning what is being said or suggested. Or perhaps they heard some truth, but it was laced with a bit of heresy (usually unintended). If they cannot discern truth from error, they are likely to believe it’s all truth. We are commanded to know better.
Thanks for the reminder, Chuck!
that they may know you the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”