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2 Timothy 4:1-5 (English Standard Version) 1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; [be instant in season, out of season; be prepared in season and out of season; be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not]:
Paul moves from the responsibility of the preacher to “Preach the Word,” to the readiness of the preacher, “be ready in season and out of season.” Other translations speak of the readiness as“be instant in season, out of season; be prepared in season and out of season; be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not.” The King James version uses the word “instant” in the original language is the word “epistēthi” meaning to “take a stand, to stand upon it or up to it, to carry on, or to stick to it.”
The responsibility of preaching, will quickly give way to the readiness of preaching when the preacher is strongly urged to “be present, or be ready.” In other words, preaching comes to the preacher in two ways. There will be times when preaching the Word will be a breeze and times when the preaching the Word will be a burden, times when preaching the Word will be exhilarating and times when preaching the Word will be exhausting. There will be times when you cannot wait to get up to preach and times when you cannot wait to sit down from preaching. There will be times when people will shout through your preaching and time when they will sleep through your preaching. I often charge young preachers to prepare for contrary, contradictory and conflicting change of connection of their congregations in preaching. The old preacher would say, the same sermon that will make Sally shout, will make Susie pout. Be ready. Be in your place and PREACH! Preach when they want to hear you and when they do not. Preach when they are cheering what you are saying and when they are cursing what you are saying. Be ready! Be prepared!
Matthew Henry says:
“Do this work with all fervency of spirit. Call upon those under [your] charge to take heed of sin, to do their duty: call upon them to repent, and believe, and live a holy life and this both in season and out of season....”
“We must do it in season, that is, let slip no opportunity; and do it out of season, that is, not shift off the duty, under pretense that it is out of season” (Matthew Henry's Commentary, Vol.5, p.848).
William Barclay says:
“The Christian teacher is to be urgent. The message he brings is literally a matter of life and death. The teacher and the preacher who really get their message across to people are those who have the tone of earnestness in their voice....”
“The Christian teacher is to be persistent. He is to urge the claims of Christ 'in season and out of season.' As someone has put it: 'Take or make your opportunity.'
As Theodore of Mospeustia put it: 'The Christian must count every time an opportunity to speak for Christ.' It was said of George Morrison of Wellington Church in Glasgow that with him wherever the conversation started, it went straight across country to Christ” (The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, p.234f).
The Amplified New Testament says:
“Keep your sense of urgency (stand by, be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable, whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it be welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong).”
Will you join the movement today to “Pray for our Pastors?” We need preachers who will be fit and willing to fight to be prepared, be equipped, in position, in readiness, on call and on hand, ripped and ready to preach the Word of God!