Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Paul shows us the content of the message we are to preach: Christ. If the teaching of vv. 15-20 is true, then Christ is the all-powerful, loving savior. He is the answer to all our needs and the message we proclaim to the world.
We teach and warn everyone about the truths of Christ. Proclaiming Christ includes both warning and teaching. We warn others of the judgment that is to come. Many in our day have separated the love of Christ and warning others of the judgment to come, but Scripture doesn’t allow this. We are not faithfully proclaiming Christ if we are not warning them of the coming judgment. Yes, we speak of God’s mercy and grace, but mercy and grace simply don’t make sense if there’s no judgment!
We also teach others the good news that Christ has died to save us from the wrath to be poured out in the judgment. Warning about the judgment is good, but that isn’t the good news. The good news is that while we deserved judgment, we can escape such a judgment through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
As we proclaim this gospel message, unbelievers will be saved and believers will mature in their walk with the Lord. The gospel continues to bear fruit and increase (vs. 5-6). To help others grow in their faith, we must proclaim Christ and his good news! We teach the Word of God to make it fully known!
- When was the last time you warned someone of the judgment to come?
- Are you proclaiming the good news of the gospel with your words?
- Who is one person you can share with this week?