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(I Cor. 1:23)

         The central task of the God-called preacher is preaching Christ. Preaching Christ is both a joyous privilege-Acts 16:30-32, well as a divinely granted responsibility-Gal.1:15-16. For genuine Bible preachers, Christ is the center, the crux and the content of their proclamation.           1. WE PREACH HIS BEING-John 1:1: "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." The most important question to be asked about God is not where He dwells or how many angels He has, but who is Jesus Christ? The scripture answers this plainly and simply: Christ is God, God the Son-John 3:16.
          Christ exercised the prerogatives of God-Mark 2:5-7; he exhibited the power of God-Mark 1:21-27, and he evidenced the perfections of God: omniscience-John 11:11-14, omnipotence-Matt. 28:21 and omnipresence-Matt. 18:20.
          2. WE PREACH HIS BIRTH-Isaiah 7:14: "Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel." Immanuel means "God with us-Matt. 1:23." In the incarnation of Christ, God became flesh and dwelt among us-John 1:18. In I Tim. 3: 16, the apostle Paul reiterates this great miracle of human history when he states: "And without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness. God was manifest in the flesh…" Christ was the God-Man, truly God and truly man-Phil. 2:5-8.
          3. WE PREACH HIS BLAMELESSNESS-Heb. 4:15: "but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Christ's blamelessness included both an impeccable character-"that holy thing"-Luke 1:35 and an immaculate conduct-"I do always those things that please him-John 8:29." Christ could rightly say to the Pharisees: "Which of you convinceth me of sin?"-John 8:46. Judas Iscariot would have to admit before his suicidal death that he had "betrayed the innocent blood-Matt. 27:3."
          4. WE PREACH HIS BENEVOLENCE-Rom. 5:8: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God's love was perfectly manifested in Jesus Christ-John 3:16. The greatest act of love this world has ever witnessed-I John 4:10-was the condescension of Christ-Phil. 2:5-8 in becoming man and paying sin's atonement price on Calvary-Rom. 5:11.
          5. WE PREACH HIS BRUISES-Isaiah 53:5: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed." These sacrificial bruises experienced at Calvary were predicted hundreds of years earlier in Gen. 3:15 and Ps. 22:14-18. The human mind cannot fully comprehend the prophet's astounding words, it can only graciously accept the fact that "it pleased the Lord to bruise him-Isaiah 53:10."
          6. WE PREACH HIS BLOOD-Eph. 1:7: "in whom we have redemption through his blood." This blood was pure blood-I Peter 1:18-19; precious blood-I Peter 1:18-19, purchasing blood-Acts 20:28, propitiating blood-Rom. 3:24, purging blood-Heb. 9:14, and preserved blood-Heb. 12:24. Christ's blood shed in his death on the cross was ordained blood-Rev. 13:8, obtaining blood-Rom. 5:11 and once-shed blood-Heb. 10:12. Christ's blood was also vital blood-Heb. 9:22, vicarious blood-Luke 22:20 and victorious blood-Rev. 12:11.
          7. WE PREACH HIS BOOK-Col. 3:16: "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." Christ is the source of the Word-Matt. 24:35, the substance of the Word-Luke 24:27, and the subject of the Word-John 5:39. God's Word doesn't need any supplements. For the genuine God-called preacher, Christ's authoritative Word is the all sufficient guide of faith and practice-II Tim. 3:16-17.
          Fundamental preachers proclaim Christ as the heart of the believer-Col. 1:27, Christ as the help of the believer-Phil. 4:13 and Christ as the hope of the believer-Titus 2:11-13. In their preaching, Fundamental pastors extol Christ as the propitiatory substitute-Gal. 3:13, the pre-eminent Saviour-Col. 1:18, and the prospective sovereign-Rev. 19:6. For the Fundamentalist evangel, Christ is not something, He is everything. He is the preacher's "all in all"-Col. 3:11. D.J.

Editorial-December 2004-January 2005, The Fundamentalist Digest: Permission granted for reprint, so long as proper credit is given.
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