1Thessalonians 2:8: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Different things can be imparted. From the focus verse, the gospel can be imparted, and the life of the preacher can be imparted. In another place in the bible we read that spiritual gifts can be imparted (1Timothy 4:14).
The gospel was imparted by the New Testament church with great cost to them. Many were killed for making their voices heard for the cause of Christ, who gave the command: go into all the world and preach the gospel to all (Mark 16:15).
He said he sent us out into the world as sheep among wolves (Matthew 10:16). That is not the best of working conditions you could choose for yourself, but that is what we have to deal with.
He dealt with such people (wolves) as he went about his father’s business. He wade through great opposition, both spiritual (the devil) and natural (Pharisees and co). He had the choice to take it easy, take the easy way out, and follow the line of least resistance. But he did not and through the hard way, through his death many came to salvation.
The impartation of the gospel is powered by passion. Paul wrote: knowing the wrath of God we persuade men to accept Jesus (2Corinthians 5:11). He added: woe is me if I preach not the gospel (1Corinthians 9:16). In another place he said, I seek to preach Christ where he is not known (Romans 15:20).
When God sent Jeremiah to proclaim his word and he said he was just a child, God told him that was not important, what was important that he was going to be with him (Jeremiah 1:1-5).
Jesus sent us to the world to preach the gospel, adding: behold am with you always to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20). And by his presence, there is signs and wonders, miracles, demonstration of power, to aid the impartation of the gospel.
For Paul to impart the gospel, he went a long distance to the people he preached to. Therefore distance should not hinder the impartation of the gospel, nor language, as the miracle of supernatural tongues on the day of Pentecost in acts chapter two showed.
There should be no sociocultural, ethnic, or financial barrier that cannot be surmounted to impart the gospel, if we believe that Jesus is the only way and those who believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life, and to not believe means we are condemned, without an alternative remedy.
Jesus gave us the mandate: go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mathew 28), be my witnesses (Acts 1:8). That mandate still subsists. And that command is backed by his power in a permanent commitment of God, that anyone who calls upon the name of the lord will be saved (Romans 10:13-17); anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Paul wrote that for the gospel to be imparted, people have to be sent (and we have been sent) and they have to speak the word, which is to be believed for people to be saved.
The words of the gospel are not empty words. The bible says that is it the word of faith, which means it has the capacity to impart faith to those who hear. They have the ability to cause change.
Impartation of life has to do with being open for people to learn from you. It is not about what you say but how you live. It was life impartation that Paul referred to when he said: follow me as I follow Christ (1Corinthians 11:1). This has to do with his lifestyle, which is presented as what they should be patterned after.
That means he was not like the hypocrites, who had to hide what they do in the secret place, while putting up a show on the outside (Matthew 23:27). They tell you something but they do another. They tell you to go where they are not ready go. They tell you to make sacrifice, while refusing to do so. They command to act certain way, not because they have a genuine interest in you being better but because they want to satisfy their narcissistic needs. They seek for control, not for impartation.
Paul saw himself as a model and told Timothy to be the same. He said to him, be an example to the believers in speech, faith, conduct, purity (1Timothy 4:12-14). That is a life worthy of being imparted to others, in the example that should be laid before them. Jesus said it is not enough to say the right words calling him lord, what is needed is for a life of obedience (Luke 6:46). If you do not do what you say then you lose credibility when it comes to asking others to do the same.
To Timothy, Paul wrote: do not neglect the gift of God in you by the laying on of hands to the elders. Spiritual gifts are transferable spirit substances that the Holy Spirit distribute as different gifts to the body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:1-7).
It is in a similar way that the gift of the Holy Spirit is imparted and the recipients speak in tongues. Similarly, the commonest format for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament was through the laying on of hands. That was what Paul did for the twelve disciples who were in Ephesians (Acts 19:1-10).
When he met them, he said: did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believe to which they answered in the negative, adding that they knew only the baptism of John. Then he imparted the gospel to them, which was later followed by the impartation of the Holy Spirit. While he imparted the gospel to them in a moment and the Holy Spirit too, it would be after spending years with them that he imparted his life.
- THE MINISTRY OF PAUL – Chapter 6 (kimolsen.wordpress.com)
- Saving Private Ryan (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Spellbound by the Gospel (endofgod.wordpress.com)
- Is Christ Divided? (instituteofchristianstudies.org)
- You are a unique Gospel that God wants to write: Life or lie message? (onedaringjew.wordpress.com)