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Apr 02, 2016
Passage: Colossians 1:7 & John 3:36

“…a faithful minister of Christ.”

What do faithful ministers of the gospel preach? Do they preach a theology? Do they preach some essential points of doctrine agreed to among religious men?

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, 
and preached unto him Jesus.”

Philip, as it is the case with all faithful ministers of the LORD, didn’t preach a theology, he didn’t preach an opinion, he didn’t preach a doctrinal position; beloved, he preached a PERSON! He opened his mouth, and from the scriptures he preached JESUS!

Our LORD declares “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (JOHN 3:36)

Theology didn’t give it’s life as a ransom to redeem God’s people, doctrines didn’t shed any blood for the remission of sins. Beloved, taught of God, you know this—salvation is found by those who have, by God’s quickening power, been made to know Him! All God’s people can say with Paul “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 TIMOTHY 1:12)

All faithful ministers, men sent of God, preach Christ Jesus the Lord; they don’t preach themselves—they are not men pleasers—they are your servants for Jesus sake. (2 CORINTHIANS 4:5, GALATIANS 1:10)

LORD, enable your servants to open their mouths, and preach unto your people—JESUS. Grant us your enabling grace to be such a one as Epaphras, a fellowservant and faithful minister of Christ; without you we can do nothing. (JOHN 15:5)

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