Posted by: SandreS | July 13, 2010

Heralding the Word

Herald the Word; be instant in season, out of season… do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry (II Timothy 4:2, 5).

The Father’s method of out-calling is through “heralding the Word” – by doing “the work of an evangelist.”

Today we are going to focus on Paul’s public ministry. The Greek word for “publicly” as found in Acts 20:20 of the King James Version is dēmosios, meaning “in public” or “in the open.” The public proclamation of his gospel was Paul’s passion. God used the heralding of Paul’s gospel to call out His elect.

Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 2:14).

Yet how should they be believing One of Whom they do not hear? Yet how should they be hearing apart from one heralding? Yet how should they be heralding if ever they should not be commissioned? According as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those bringing an evangel of good!” But not all obey the evangel, for Isaiah is saying, “Lord, who believes our tidings?” Consequently, faith is out of tidings, yet the tidings through a declaration of Christ (Romans 10:14-17, CLNT).

Listen to Paul’s final, passionate plea for the continuation of his public ministry (II Timothy 4:2, 5):

Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season … endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry (King James Version).

Proclaim the Word; stand upon it, conveniently and inconveniently … suffer evil, do the work of an evangelist, fully discharge your ministry (Bible Student’s Version).

Herald the Word. Stand by it, opportunely, inopportunely … suffer evil as an ideal soldier of Christ Jesus; do the work of an evangelist; fully discharge your service (Concordant Literal New Testament).

Publish thou the Word, be thou urgent seasonably unseasonably … suffer thou evil, work do thou of a proclaimer of glad tidings, the service of thee do thou fully perform (Emphatic Diaglott).

Proclaim the Word, take thy position – in season, out of season … suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, thy ministry completely fulfill (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible).

Preach the Word; be earnest in season, out of season … suffer evil; do the work of one proclaiming good news; of thy ministration make full assurance (Young’s Literal Translation).

The Greek word for “preach” as used in the King James Version is kerusso, meaning “to herald.” Interestingly, the King James Version translates kerusso as “publish(-ed)” (Mark 1:45; 5:20; 7:36; 13:10; Luke 8:39). The Concordant Keyword Concordance defines it as “making known publicly with authority beforehand.”

We have been commissioned to make known publicly the rich and full gospel of God’s grace revealed and committed to Paul. We are to “herald the Word.” We are to publish it, we are to publicize it, we are to make it public. The sacred secret has been revealed. We must not sit on it, keeping it a secret; we must make it fully known.

With the world population nearing 7 billion, we have “a great door and effectual opened before us (I Corinthians 16:9) as never before. This is staggering. One statistic says,

Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now” – Fred Pearce, New Scientist, April 2010.

With this fact comes astounding opportunity and responsibility to “do the work of an evangelist.”

It is a big world out there. May we be given the wisdom and courage to seize the day with all that we have! Paul did not change the world; we will not change the world – this is not Father’s current plan. If so, He would have accomplished that a long time ago. However, He will use us, as He did our apostle, to call out the elect – the first-fruit – the first-trusters. Though we have a “not many” ministry (I Corinthians 1:26), this does not mean that we are not active in our pursuit of those who have the “ears to hear,” and that it does not rejoice our hearts that they can hear.

Heralding is a divine duty, it is a divine calling.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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