“Jesus Covered His Territory Like a Flame”

Tuesday is for Preaching

Holy-Spirit-Fire-ImagePraying for my own soul and for all the preachers of America to let this perspective saturate their hearts.

Jesus covered His territory like a flame, preaching God’s Word in the Spirit’s power (Luke 4:14). “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,” He said, “because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel…” (Luke 4:18). Through the Spirit’s enablement He proclaimed release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. “The Father abiding in Me does His works,” He acknowledged (John 14:10). If Jesus the man depended on divine power, how much more do other preachers need to do the same.

Paul relied on the Spirit (Rom 15:19). He thus counseled other believers (Gal 5:16–18). To the Corinthians he spoke “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor 2:1–5). God was his sufficiency (2 Cor 3:5, 6; 4:7). In preaching, he took to heart the principle of Christ, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).2

Prayer with its composite of spiritual virtues is indispensable in biblical preaching. It saturates the preacher and godly preaching, fulfills the preacher’s dependence on God, and is authentically biblical.

John E. Rosscup, “The Priority of Prayer in Preaching”
The Master’s Journal. (MSJ Vol. 2 #1 Spring 91, 21-43)
electronic edition. Sun Valley, CA: Master’s Seminary, 1998.

2 “Nothing” defined by its context is the opposite of “fruit.” The person abiding in Christ bears some fruit (John 15:2b) and can bear more fruit (John 15:2b) and much fruit (John 15:5, 8).

One thought on ““Jesus Covered His Territory Like a Flame”

  1. Amen! In American today, we as believers tend to minimize the power of the Holy Spirit. I am encouraged by the message of this post, and even though I’m not a pastor, I am inspired to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit more and more each day. Thank you for your Spirit-driven postings!


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