March 5, 2017

Encourage One Another – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

But encourage one another day after day,….” (Hebrews 3:13)

The intriguing word (παρακαλέω, para-kaleo) rendered “encourage” in the NASV, is translated a number of different ways: “exhort,” “comfort,” “warn,” “help. ”

The Greek lexicon BDAG defines the word:

  1. to ask to come and be present where the speaker is, call to one’s side
  2. to urge strongly, appeal to, urge, exhort, encourage
  3. to make a strong request for someth., request, implore, entreat
  4. to instill someone with courage or cheer, comfort, encourage, cheer up
  5. to treat someone in an inviting or congenial manner, something like our ‘be open to the other, have an open door’: invite in, conciliate, be friendly to or speak to in a friendly manner.

The importance of this word is emphasized by the fact that its noun form (παράκλητος – parakletos) is used as one of the titles of God the Holy Spirit. Jesus said:

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,” (John 15:26)

However, most often this word is used to describe the desired conduct of Christians. Reading the following selected examples of how the Holy Spirit used this term, in a variety of contexts, should help us absorb an unavoidable understanding of our duty. As you read, allow the concept to sink in…Paul tells us this is our job, “day after day.”

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4)

“So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.” (Luke 3:18)

“… during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.” (Luke 16:25)

“They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.” (Acts 16:40)

“They took away the boy alive, and were greatly comforted.” (Acts 20:12)

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, …” (Romans 12:1)

“who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. …6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort…” (II Corinthians 1:4)

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:20)

“And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain –” (II Corinthians 6:1)

“But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus;…For this reason we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.” (II Corinthians 7:6, 13)

“I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.” (Ephesians 6:22)

For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts;” (Colossians 4:8)

“… and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, … for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith;” (I Thessalonians 3:2, 7)

“Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.” (I Thessalonians 4:1)

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (I Thessalonians 5:14)

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.” (II Thessalonians 2:16)

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (II Timothy 4:2)

“holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” (Titus 1:9)

“These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:15)

“not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)

Christians are called to the side of those in sorrow, we are to urge, exhort brethren to do right. We are to perform the same type of service, on the human level that the Holy Spirit Himself performs on the divine level. We have a big, important job.




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