The Powerful Possibilities in Preaching
Preaching the word of God is a supernatural thing. That is not mere opinion but a biblical diagnosis of a seemingly common form of speech. We can confirm this by simply dissecting what preaching really is according to the Bible. Here are at least 4 components of preaching that make for this conclusion:
(1) Preaching the Gospel is rooted in a divine commission by God to faithful men. The heralding of God’s word was commanded by the LORD himself throughout the Scriptures, climaxing to the commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20.
(2) Preaching is intended to be energized and empowered by the Holy Spirit, only when a man chooses to be dependent upon the LORD. God designed it to be this way, as Paul himself commented how his message was not delivered in “plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power…” (1 Corinthians 2:4)
(3) Preaching was ordained to be the proclamation of the word of God, which in itself contains the force for freedom from falsehood and sin in the lives of others (John 8:32).
(4) Preaching and the possible results from it are nothing short of otherworldly.
The fourth point is what we will consider here when we understand the sheer potential of this mystery called “preaching”. Look at the testimony of the Scriptures regarding the word of God being declared from lips of clay to those who have listening ears and a receiving heart:
- Those who are dead in spirit are able come to life, restoring the ability to have a relationship with a holy and perfect God (Ephesians 2:1) – this is true for the self-righteous Pharisee and the worst sinner you know. This transaction from death to life is through preaching and hearing what is being declared (Romans 10:14)
- As God’s word spoke light into darkness in the beginning of creation, so is the Word able to pierce light into the dark and gloomy hearts of sinners – providing order from chaos and life from nothing (2 Corinthians 4:6) – Jesus called this being “born again”!
- Saints are strengthened from the buffets of Satan and the weariness of temptation as they open themselves to the preaching of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:25)
- The ability to know the living God is made more possible as we understand his character and nature which is necessary to relate to him experientially (Psalm 145:18)
- Deep hope and heavenly peace is deposited in the hearts of God’s people in such a way that it prepares them for future battles against their souls (1 Peter 4:12)
With all this being said (and with so much more that can be added), realize that as you wake up Sunday morning to sit under God’s word: it is no light thing. In fact, the possibilities of the supernatural should be prayerfully anticipated and expected every time.
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