πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ How Fast Are We Talking Here?

As the Apostle Paul came to the end of his list of qualifications for the ministry, he closed by insisting that pastors should always be

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9).

Here we know that Paul is talking about the faithful Word of God that Pastor Titus had been taughtΒ of him,Β for he told Pastor Timothy to “hold fastΒ the form of sound words,Β which thou hast heard of me”Β (II Tim. 1:13).

How “fast” should pastors hold the “sound doctrine” that Paul taught Titus, and the rest of us, in his epistles? Well, after God allowed Satan to take away Job’s health, his wealth, and his family, God used that same phrase to say of Job, “still heΒ holdeth fastΒ his integrity” (Job 2:3). Pastor, will you hold the truth of Paul’s gospelΒ that fast?Β Will you say with Job’s degree of conviction,

“…I willΒ notΒ remove mine integrity from me. My righteousnessΒ I hold fast, and will not let it go…so long as I live”Β (Job 27:5,6).

Is that how fast you’ll hold to Pauline truth if you lose everythingΒ you hold dear? You don’t have to hold yourΒ truth fast to be saved–but you should hold it fastΒ as if you did,Β as if your very eternal life depended on it. After all, the eternal life ofΒ your hearersΒ will depend on how tight a grasp you maintain on the truth of Paul’s gospel.

God promised the people of Israel, “I will give you pastors according to Mine heart,Β which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jer. 3:15), and He will make good on that promise in the kingdom of heaven on earth that He went on to describe (Jer. 3:16-18). What’s a pastor according to God’s heart? Well, God said of those same pastors in the kingdom, “I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them:Β and they shall fear no more” (Jer. 23:4). Thus a pastor according to God’s heart will hold the truth fast,Β and not allow fear to cause him let it go.

That’s the kind of pastors God will have in the kingdom of heaven. And if the pastors of our grace churches will hold fast to Pauline truth without fear of what it will cost, all of God’s people can experience a little bit of heaven on earth now, inΒ thisΒ dispensation. We have God’s Word on it. If you’reΒ notΒ a pastor, why not encourage your pastor to standΒ firmΒ with all the pastors who are “holding fast the faithful word?” source

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