I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV)
With the apostle Paul believing that his life and ministry was nearing an end he leaves a challenge with the young Timothy. That challenge is “Preach the word…” and with it the purpose of preaching is given. The preacher is to be ready to preach at a moments notice. The culture and society we live in today needs the preacher to be ready. It is fast moving. Quickly moving toward disaster.
Paul speaks of a time when there will be teachers which will preach and teach things that will tickle the itching ears of those who do not want to hear the truth. We are living in such a time. People are willing to believe the fables of the time; but reject the truth, even to the point of hatred toward one God, who has a Son who died for the sinners of the world.
“Reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering (Patience) and doctrine”. Confronting sin in God’s people, rebuking it and then teaching the people how to live for the Lord. That is so needed in the lives of Christians today.