Key Verse: Verse 28 – "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"
Key Words: that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus
What a noble goal for these who are teachers and ministers to present every man (every one you teach), to present them perfect (growing in the Lord). WOW!!
“Whom we preach.” The gospel is not what we preach, but it is whom we preach. No man has ever preached the gospel who hasn't preached Christ. Jesus Christ is the gospel. He is eternal life. John wrote that he was going to show us eternal life, that he had seen eternal life (see I John 1:1-2). Whom had John seen? He’d seen Christ. And, my friend, today you either have Him or you don’t have Him. The gospel is Christ – what He has done for us in His death and resurrection and what He is going to do in the future.
“Warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom.” I believe there are two commands here for ministers today – these are two things we should be doing. We are to preach the gospel in order to win sinners to Christ and to save them from the wrath that is to come, and we are to teach every man in all wisdom. In other words, we are to seek to build up men and women so that they may grow in grace and be faithful members of the body of Christ; they are to be encouraged to serve Christ in the local assembly. Amen and amen!!
I am convinced, though, that we teach in two ways. First, with our words; and secondly, with our life. It’s hard to get people to be faithful to the house of God when we’re not. Think about it.
What to do:
✞ Have a goal. (How many do you want to present as perfect?)
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