Charge for Christian ministers – Part 2
God’s expectation of His faithful servants does not end with teaching others His word, but vigorously restraining false teachers and those who do not understand the negative impact of their corrupted doctrine on others. Irrespective of how clever, talented, rich or useful they may be, they should not be allowed to teach in order not to deceive or confuse those who are genuinely saved and are on their way to heaven.
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Such people who have “cast off their first faith,” conviction, consecration, loyalty, love, and “are already turned aside after Satan” must be resisted. To resist false teachers, we must stand on the fundamental truth of God’s word with conviction and courage.
As a minister, Paul the apostle was faithful to the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, and he replicated the same attitude in the lives of his followers. We need to charge others to teach the right doctrine in order to reproduce faithful teachers and ministers. “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).
In training and reproducing faithful teachers, we must follow Christ’s pattern. Jesus reproduced Himself in His disciples in specific ways. One, He transformed them (Acts 4:13); two, He taught them (Mark 14:49); three, He tamed them (Mark 3:17; Luke 9:51-56; 1 John 4:17); four, He tested them (Matthew 16:13-16; John 6:66-69); five, He trained them (Luke 6:40); six, He travailed for them (Luke 22:31,32); and seven, He toughened and tempered them (John 7:25,26; 13:3-5,13-15). If we are diligent in reproducing courageous and faithful believers, we will experience multiplication of churches, members and ministers across this nation, continent and the world at large.
Since Christ is our perfect Example, we must receive Him as our Lord, Saviour, Master, King and final Authority; we must recommit ourselves to Him; we must remember Him; we must reverence Him; we must make request of Him; we must resemble Him in courage, fearlessness, authority and power; and we must reproduce Him in our lives and those of other believers we teach.
There is no reason or room for failure in ministry, when we keep His charge, because He has empowered us to be as successful as He was. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Timothy 1:3; 1 Kings 20:39,40; Matthew 13:24,25; Acts 26:16; Galatians 1:11,12; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:13,14; 2 Timothy 4:1,2; 1 Timothy 1:3; Matthew 22:16; 28:20; Acts 5:19-23,25,42; Colossians 1:28; 1 Timothy 1:18,19; 2:7; 3:9; 4:6,13,15,16; 5:20,21; 6:13,14,20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13,14; 2:15; 3:12-14; 4:1-5; Titus 1:9; 2:1,7; 3:8,14; 1 Timothy 1:3,7; Titus 1:10,11,13; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 5:11,13-15; Hebrews 13:8,9; Galatians 2:4,5; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 6:7; 9:31; John 14:12