by Michael Gilbert
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men,
who shall be able to teach others also”
(2 Timothy 2:2)
There is no greater task than to preach the gospel to others. In our text, the apostle Paul sets forth a divine pattern for the making of gospel preachers and teachers.
Four generations of Christians are mentioned in this small verse: (1) Paul, (2) Timothy, (3) faithful men, and (4) others. Paul passed the gospel to Timothy. Timothy was to pass it to “faithful” men (the greek term for “men” is generic, thus, women are included). These faithful Christians were also to preach the gospel to others.
Jackson noted, “There is a very important sequence set forth. If the “same” teaching is conveyed to a “trustworthy” person who is “competent,” the integrity of the message remains intact. On the other hand, if the recipient is either untrustworthy or incompetent, the message becomes corrupted. Thus, these elements – fidelity of message, integrity of the teacher, and the ability to convey the truth accurately – are requisite qualifications of the gospel teacher.” (Jackson, 225).
As you can see, just “any ol’ Joe” should not be called upon to teach/preach the glorious gospel. Preparation is essential. Have you prepared yourself to teach/preach the gospel to others?