” Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the word of Truth. ” 2 Timothy 2: 15
Give diligence, 2 Peter 2: 10 ” But Chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries; ” or make an effort so to discharge the duties of the ministerial office as to meet the divine approbation. The object of the ministry is not to please men. Such doctrines should be preached, and such plans formed, and such a manner of life pursued, as God will approve.
Properly handling the Word, the idea seems to be, that the minister of the Gospel, faithfully performing his duty without boasting, is to make a proper distribution of that word, Acts 6: 2 ” So the Twelve gathered all the disciples and said ” It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. “, adapting his instructions to the circumstances and wants of his hearers and giving to each that which will be filled to nourish the soul heaven.