The Gift of Exhortation
I. Exhortation: What is it?
...."let us wait on our ministering...he that exhorteth, on exhortation:" Romans 12:7-8
A. It is encouragement.
2. The noun form of the word is a title for both Holy Spirit, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note: The Holy Spirit has been "called to our side to assist us, as a comforter" as seen in John 14:16. The Lord Jesus represents us before the Father as our "Advocate, as seen in 1 John 2:1.
B. It involves supernatural ability.
(Titus 2:15; Romans 12:7-8, Hebrews 13:22)
2. Exhortation not used much in public, but in personal counseling.
Note: Encouraging young Christians, comforting the sick or feeble, counseling the discouraged, strengthening the backslider.
II. New Testament Persons Who Had This Gift.
A. Paul possessed this gift.
a. New believers, left alone several weeks
or months needed encouragement from their spiritual father.
2. Judas and Silas, both prophets, had the gift of exhortation. Note: When delivering results from the Jerusalem Council, they "rejoiced and exhorted the brethren with many words." (Acts 15:31-32)
3. Peter "exhorted" the elders to "feed the flock..." (1 Peter 5:1-2)
4. Hebrew Christians were exhorted not to go back into Judaism, but go on with Christ, Who was "better." (Hebrews 13:22)
III. An Outstanding Example of New Testament Exhortation
A. Barnabas, "Son of Consolation."
2. Every time his name appears, he is encouraging someone. (Acts 11:23; 4:36-37)
B. He helped needy saints. (Acts 4:32-36)
C. He endorsed and unwelcome convert. (Acts
1. Barnabas sympathized with Paul's painful
position. (Acts 9:27)
2. Barnabas "sponsored" Paul with such success, he was "with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. (Acts 9:28)
D. He accepted alien believers (non-Jewish)
E. He enlisted a gifted servant. (Acts
2. He coveted a place of service for Paul.
3. He knew Paul's special gifts would be an asset in the Antioch church.
4. He left Antioch for Tarsus, "to seek Saul," and when he found him, brought him to Antioch.
Note: Barnabas put himself through the effort of going to a city where he perhaps had never been, not knowing where Paul lived, without address or map, and accomplished his goal, with only the cause of the gospel in mind.
F. He became assistant to his assistant.
2. He had the welfare of the church in mind when bringing Paul to Antioch.
3. He had developed his assistant to become his senior.
Note: Until the first missionary journey, Barnabas is always mentioned before Paul. (Acts 13:2) However, during the first journey, the order was reversed remaining that way from that point on. (Acts 13:43, 46, 50)
G. He restored a youthful deserter (Acts
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