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2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV) 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; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
I have 10 grandchildren, yes, that’s right 10. Because I have 10 grandchildren, I have become very familiar with the one place on earth, “where a kid can be a kid.” You guessed it, Chuck E. Cheese. When you enter Chuck E. Cheese, an employee will place a stamp on the adult’s left hand and matching stamps on the left hand of each of the little ones that you bring with you. The stamps have matching numbers. This process is called the “kid check”. When people want to leave, the stamp is checked with a small black light to ensure that the children are safe and secure and leaving with the person who brought them in. The only way that a child can leave with an adult is for the keeper of the door to shine the black light on the stamp to expose the ink that exposes the convincing evidence that both child and adult belong to each other.
In 2 Timothy 4:2 we find the third responsibility of the preacher, the responsibility to “reprove”. The word “reprove” means to stir a person to prove himself, to put a person under conviction, or to lead a person to see his/her sin and to feel guilt over it. It means to preach the Word that shines a light in the person’s life that exposes sin, causes conviction, and leads the person to confession and repentance. In other words, the preacher is to deliver the Word of God in such a way that the preaching brings conviction. This has in mind preaching that corrects the errors of men’s beliefs and practices. This kind of preaching holds the bright light of the Word against the blackness of sin, thus exposing it for what it is! Genuine biblical preaching exposes evil and brings conviction on sinners. A true preacher will expose sin as he carefully preaches the Word of God.