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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

APPOINTED PREACHER            Page 5
V. 7 (cont’d.)

** 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 Christ.
cf. Matthew 28:19-20 and 2Corinthians 5:17-21

** At this point in the letter, we can almost see Paul’s 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 God’s 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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