The Spirit of the Charge — Relentlessly

Relentlessly. Moreover, Timothy is to preach the Word relentlessly. He is to reprove, rebuke, and exhort people “with all longsuffering and doctrine” (v. 2). [Emphasis added] The word, “longsuffering” (Gk. makrothumia), denotes “forbearance, fortitude, patience.”259 The preacher must preach with “a patient and persevering spirit,” especially when opposed.260 To proclaim patiently is not to be “quarrelsome,” but to be “kind to all . . . patient when wronged” (2 Tim. 2:24-25, NASB). Such patience copies God’s patience (Rom. 2:4; 9:22). It is the fruit of the Spirit “controlled by love (Gal. 5:22).”261 In the same way that Christ demonstrated His patience with Paul, so Timothy is to do likewise with his opponents (1 Tim. 1:16). J. Horst wrote, “No one is to be given up easily.” The best way to face error is to proclaim the Word with all patience, and to leave the final decision to the divine  Judge.262

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259 Strong, Strong’s Greek Dictionary in Power Bible CD.
260 Barnes, Barnes’ Commentary in Power Bible CD.
261 TDNT, s. v. “makrothymia” by J. Horst.
262 TDNT, s. v. “makrothymia” by J. Horst.

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