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19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.

 

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ,

The heart of Paul’s team’s message was the person of Christ, the Son of God. Since Jesus is God, it is impossible that He would change (He 13:8). Christ as the “Son” was identical in nature to the Father.

who was preached among you by us

The message of Jesus Christ preached by Paul’s team to Corinth was true. Jesus did not vacillate on his message. He did occasionally have to change his methods and itinerary.

—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No,

Silvanus (Ac 15:22; 1 Pe 5:12) and Timothy were two members of Paul’s gospel team. They co-sent both First and Second Thessalonians to the churches there (1 Th 1:1; 2 Th 1:1). There were multiple ministers but one message.

Silvanus was a leader in the Jerusalem church. He carried the Jerusalem Council’s decision to the church at Antioch, where he is called a prophet (Ac 15:22). He later joined Paul on the second missionary enterprise (Ac 15:39-40). Like Paul, he was a Roman citizen (Ac 16:37). He was a gospel preacher with Paul (2 Co 1:19). As an amanuensis, he wrote down First Peter for Peter (1 Pe 5:12).

When Paul and Silvanus reached Lystra, they added Timothy to their team (Ac 6:1-3). Timothy was the vest pocket edition of the apostle Paul, Paul’s beloved son in the faith. He was half Jew and half Gentile on his father’s side (Ac 16:1).

When Paul came to Corinth the first time both Silvanus and Timothy were with him.

but in Him was Yes.

There is no place for Paul to preach with double meanings (2 Co 4:2). His message was confirmed as unequivocally true in Christ (2 Co 1:21, 22). The gospel team was not evasive in preaching about Jesus. Paul’s preaching was true because Christ is real. Christ is the fulfillment of God’s “yes.”

PRINCIPLE:

A minister’s veracity rests on how he communicates Jesus Christ to his people.

APPLICATION:

There is no yes and no about Jesus Christ. Nothing was untrustworthy or contradictory about Him.

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