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“Greek” Blessing

By Pastor Jessie Reguero 

Paul said;

2Ti 4:1 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:

2Ti 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

“Preach” is the first of nine imperatives Paul uses in this passage, five of them in verse 2 (Preach, be ready, reprove, rebuke, exhort) and four in verse 5 (Be sober, endure, do, fulfill).

Greek Class students Part 2Greek Class students Part 2Preach in Greek means to herald, to proclaim publicly as a public crier. In New Testament times, the herald, acting as imperial messenger, would go through the streets of a city making sure that the message is heard. But their job is not just to proclaim the message; they must see to it that the message is proclaimed with utmost accuracy.

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So with the minister of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The faithful minister of Jesus Christ is commanded to preach the word. We are to “herald” the word. But our job is not just to proclaim the message. We must see to it that the Word is proclaimed accurately.

Paul is saying the same thing in chapter 2;

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

John MacArthur said;

Pastors should be in bondage to accuracy.

Faithful minister of the gospel should not only interpret the Scripture, we should endeavor to interpret accurately. Our mandate is not only to preach, we are commanded to preach accurately.

In the light of this truth, we cannot thank God enough for the privilege of having Greek instructors from Singapore in the persons of Ms. Seah Jiak Choo and Dr. Ng Swee Cheng. Both studied Greek at Fuller Seminary and they teach us the Basics of Biblical Greek using BBC of William D. Mounce as the main textbook.

The study was done in two parts spending one week in each part. We did part 1 last year, the week earthquake intensity 7.2 strikes. The second part, we did last May 12-16 this year.

It was a kind of “bloody” study as most of us, if not all of us, were really struggling to have good grasp of the lessons which were quite so hard to digest because of the nature of the language. I can say that I was pushing my brain so hard to get the most from the study.

But as hard as it was, it was a sweet struggle because we were struggling, pushing our brain to think hard, not just to learn the language but most of all, to understand the Word of God better. After all, we are commanded in Scripture to use our brain in the rigorous study of Scripture.

2Ti 2:7 Reflect (think hard) on what I am saying (Scripture), for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Matt. 22:36-37 We are to love Him will all our… mind….

We are to pursue wisdom

Pro 4:7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom (godly wisdom in scripture). Though it cost all you have (pay whatever the price including pushing our brain hard) get understanding.

This made the struggles of the Greek study a sweet one.greek class students

All of us know that the New Testament was written in Greek. Though we have a couple of good English translations in our time, workable knowledge of Greek would help a lot in our better understanding of the Holy Scriptures and would enable us to share the Word of God with an increasing accuracy. Thus, learning Greek is a very important tool for ministry.

We cannot help but thank God also for the skill He afforded to our Greek instructors. Hard as the subject is, they did a good job in explaining to us the lessons in a way that the “hard” becomes “not that hard.”

I should not fail to mention also their being more than a skilled teacher but also an encourager. Every time we feel how hard the lesson is, or we give the wrong answer to their questions, they always air an encouraging remark, giving us a heart to continue on.

At the end of the study, all of us can already read Greek and understand some vocabulary. Praise God.

But in terms of understanding grammar, we’re still so far away from the ideal. Hence our instructors told us that we’re still “toddlers” in our knowledge, having the potential to wreak havoc, as toddlers often do. However, this also tells us that we should pursue progress in this area. Good thing, they recommended us some electronic resources that would be of help in our personal study. We’re still so far away but we are going in that direction.

With this, I would like to solicit your prayers, that we, especially Pastors, might always have the passion, the fire inside, to give ourselves, to push our brain hard, in the rigorous study of Scripture that we might understand the Scripture better, grow in our relationship with the Lord and become better servants and that God’s name might truly be lifted up.

Thank God for the “Greek” Blessing.

God bless

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