Paul underscores the urgency of his message with the phrase “I charge you.” The Greek word for “charge” is used in connection with a solemn and emphatic testimony in a court of law. We must be ready to minister the Word of the Lord boldly and courageously! Timothy is charged with defending God’s Word tirelessly, being careful to communicate truth with absolute accuracy, because “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires… they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (vv. 3, 4).
There is a “window of opportunity” for the gospel to be heard and responded to by every person. There is also a relentless adversary beguiling, bullying, and bending the truth so that those who are lost will not respond. The time to share is now, while people have ears to hear. The day of His return draws near. Hearts will grow harder and ears will grow duller. Let us minister the Word now, while we can still be heard.