When Spirit-anointed preachers proclaim God’s truth, they are to “do it as one speaking the very words of God.” (I Peter 4:11a). When receptive listeners hear God’s truth, they accept “it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Who then should preach? One who knows God and is equipped by the Holy Spirit to understand and apply the Word of God. God readies His spokesmen through diverse experiences. Some, like Timothy, (2 Timothy 3:15) have “from infancy….known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” From early years, parents, siblings, grandparents and other Christ-followers have lived and spoken truth. God calls some from this background to proclaim His word. Other likes Paul (Acts 9) are regenerated by the Spirit of God as adults. Though converted from a strict form of Judaism, God had already been preparing Paul, who for years had been studying the Old Testament scriptures. Once the ‘final piece’ of the Christological puzzle, anticipated throughout the Old Testament and realized in the coming of the true Messiah, was in place, Paul began to preach.
As you hear God’s word proclaimed today in local congregations, through websites, on TV and radio broadcasts, thank Him for those who genuinely speak the very words of God. With an open Bible, a prayerful and diligently inquisitive heart, receive that word not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the WORD of GOD, which is at work….. God has spoken and those who stand to bring His message need God’s help to proclaim it just as much as those of us in the pews or benches, in chairs or sitting on the floor need that same Spirit appointed help to benefit from His living word!