Is eternal life not enough? Is it not enough to see the majesty and the glory of God? Is it not enough to be joyful in knowing the richness of the mystery of the knowledge of God through Christ Jesus in the Holy Scriptures? Is it not enough to enjoy God forever? Is it not enough for our restless hearts to rest on Him? Is it not enough to reign with Him forever? Is it not enough for Christ to satisfy us? Is having nothing aside from Christ a loss? Is it not enough to suffer for Him temporarily to enjoy Him eternally?
Christ is supreme and sufficient as Colossians 1:15 -20 states.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” – Colossians 1:15 – 20 NASB
Soli Deo Gloria.
My point in here is for preachers to be God-centered in their preaching. I just hope and pray that the pulpit would be filled with preachers who firmly believes that their main job is just to magnify God and bring back all the glory to Him through the exegesis of the Holy Scriptures.
Preachers are the mouthpiece of God. The only job of preachers is to explain the Scriptures and exhort based on the critical explanation of the Holy Scriptures. Their job is to magnify God through His word while obscuring their selves. Their job is to preach God and not their selves. Their job is to preach the whole counsel of God and to preach it alone. The slaves of Christ are solely interested to know their Master’s will. In addition, it’s the job of the Holy Spirit to enable the believers to apply the things that they’ve understood and not the preachers job. That’s why the exegesis of Scripture is of prime importance. Expository preaching is a must and not be treated as an alternative.
Failure to preach the word through exposition indicates that the preachers don’t trust the Word of God to pierce the hearts of the listeners and change them from the inside out. It means that they don’t hold fast the inspiration of the bible. It means that they trust their selves more than they trust what God wants to say in the bible. As is stated in 2 Timothy 3:16:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Their job is to please God by magnifying Him through His Holy Scriptures and not just preach things that people want to hear. This is done by means of the exegesis of the Scripture and exhort based on that exegesis. That is through expository preaching.Galatians 1:10 is really an encouraging verse in preaching the whole counsel of God.
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10 NASB
Thank you for reading my blog post.
Soli Deo Gloria.