The Very Words of God

St Martin in the Fields London

 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.  1 Peter 4:11a

When I was studying at a Theological College, the professors stressed that we, aspiring to be preachers, must preach God’s word and not our own pet theories. We were in the pulpit on God’s behalf – not our own.

In the passage above from 1 Peter, the apostle stresses that as the church approaches the end times it is essential that the church (i.e. each individual Christian) speaks God’s words. To be God’s mouth piece is not just a challenge for preachers, but in fact, for all who call themselves Christians.

We all have a prophetic call to the age in which we live.

This call requires two attributes. We must know God’s heart, that is, what grieves Him about ourselves and the world in which we live. Also we must know what it is that God wants us to say.

Both these require an intimate knowledge of the God’s Word. However, more than that, it also requires the courage to be a prophetic voice and living witness to our age. Rather than being chameleons blending into our age, we are called to be a vibrant, living alternative – speaking and being the words of God.

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2 thoughts on “The Very Words of God

  1. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Pieter, you nailed it right on the head…bless you for your profound thoughts. I could not agree more; the only problem these days is that people are listening to their preachers first, and the Word second. We each must be accountable for our knowledge of a very personal God. We seek Him diligently, with all our heart, and with all our might. If the Lord was about doctrine and institutions, then there wouldn’t be 175 denominations in Christendom! How many wasted hours in front of the T.V., how many wasted hours “Googling”, how many wasted breaths on arguements and debate on Theology…reading the Scriptures, praying to the REAL God, and meditating on His goodness is what He asks. Through the blood of Christ, the Father invites us into a wonderful realtionship with Him. We are all “preachers” and have the awesome responsibility to be the lights in the world.
    A truly magnificent post, my friend.
    Praise the Lord!

    • Thank you for your encouraging response! The heart of the revival in western countries lies in a prayerful return to the Word of God – and a desire to be that Word in the flesh. God bless.

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