Chapter Two, Lesson Two
APPOINTED PREACHER Page
V. 7 (contd.)
** How about us? Could we be an Appointed Preacher?
Absolutely! We too are to herald the good news of the
gospel to all men. If we are to be praying for their salvation, we are
also to be sharing with them the only means by which they may become
saved. cf. 2Timothy 4:2, 1Peter 3:14-15
** Besides a herald, to what other position had Paul been appointed?
An apostle - sent one. Jesus Christ sent this man as an ambassador
to the world on behalf of God.
** Even though we are not chosen apostles of Christ like Paul and the
twelve, is there a sense in which we are indeed sent ones
on behalf of God, Christ and the gospel?
Certainly, we have been saved and sent back into this world as His
ambassador, representing the saving truth of God in the gospel of Jesus
cf. Matthew 28:19-20 and 2Corinthians 5:17-21
** At this point in the letter, we can almost see Pauls anticipation
of the false teachers there in Ephesus reading over the shoulder of Timothy. What parenthetical statement does
he add to validate what he has been saying?
Paul says, I am telling the truth, I am not lying.
** The false teacher would immediately object to this statement from
Paul, saying that he was lying and that he was not even an apostle of Christ. What impact would their rejection
of Gods truth have on that same truth?
It does not change it at all! Though men reject the truth, God still
proclaims it through His sent ones. cf. Acts 13:46
** What did Paul do with his appointed positions of preacher and apostle?
As we have just seen in Acts 13:46, he became a teacher of the
Gentiles in faith and truth. The church today remains overwhelmingly in debt to the faithfulness of this
man to teach the Gentiles of the world the priceless treasures of the
Word of God. We are here today because he fulfilled his ministry. cf.
Colossians 4:17, 2Timothy 4:7
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