Lord Jesus taught us that to rebuke is to TELL… FAULTS

In  the previous post I began to explore Jesus’ doctrine of  rebuke as revealed through  the Church of Laodecia:

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent  (Revelation 3: 18 & 19).

 We learnt that the elegchō (G 1651) is the Greek word used for rebuke in Revelation 3: 19. Its usage in scripture means that we must  reprove and correct sin in the Body of the Lord rather than hiding it:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell  (elegchō/G 1651) him his fault (elegchō/G 1651) between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother  (Matthew 18: 15/KJV).

“If your brother sins*, go and *show him his fault *in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
 
2. To rebuke is to REPROVE someone
 
Further exploration of  elegchō (G 1651) reveals further understanding through the usage of the synonym REPROVE.  English usage of the word reveals that to reprove means “to speak disapprovingly to a person; rebuke or scold” (Collinsdictionary.com). 
 
Reprove is used in the following texts:
 
a.  John the Baptist reproved King Herod for adultery with his sister-in-law. He became angry and imprisoned John:
 
But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done (Luke 3: 19)
 
 
b. Jesus said that humans commit sin in secret in order to prevent rebuke

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God (John 3: 20 & 21).
 
c.  Jesus prophesied that the Holy Spirit would reprove the world of sin after His departure. This prophecy began to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when those listening to Apostle Peter’s message were pricked in their hearts and were saved:
 
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16: 18).
 
d. Apostle Paul taught us to reprove the sins of the world rather than to participate in them:
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
 
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret (Ephesians 5: 11 & 12)
 
e. Leaders in the Body of the Lord must not be afraid to rebuke the members of the Body
 
 Apostle Paul confirmed and followed Jesus’ teaching that rebuke in the church must become public when the one needing correction refuses to listen to correction through private mechanisms:
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear (1 Timothy 5: 20)
 The Word of God or sound doctrine is the reference text from which rebuke must be made:
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
 
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 (1 Timothy 4: 2 & 3).
 
Apostle Paul taught Titus that rebuke must therefore be made with authority since it was based on SOUND DOCTRINE:
 
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee (Titus 2: 15).  
 
Apostle Paul also taught Titus that rebuke must be SHARP  in situations where the believers are being misled by false teachers in the church. The context was one in which some false prophets were lying about the Cretian brethren in an attempt to discredit them:
One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
 
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith (Titus 1: 12 & 13).
Conclusion
 
Rebuke and reproof are key elements of leadership in the Body of the Lord. He set the example during His ministry on earth by sharply rebuking  the sins and hypocrisies of the Jewish religious leaders. He continues to rebuke the members of His body and set the example in the rebuke to the churches of  Asia.
 
The question is – Do you have the guts to follow Lord Jesus’ example? All you need to do is to stand on the Word of God, the basis of our sound doctrine and faith. Notice the use of SOUND DOCTRINE in the scriptures.
 
Those who carry this heavy task of leadership in the Body of Christ and in any organization will often be hated and persecuted for correcting the wrongs of others. However, rebuke is absolutely essential in order to deliver those who sin from living unrepentant lives and therefore going to hell.
 
Blessings.
 
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