1 Thes.2:13 – And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
One of the scary things about social media is what I call “Facebook Preachers”. Apparently, given the opportunity, many view social media as an opportunity to “preach” their own personal beliefs. The one thing overlooked is that there is such a thing as God’s calling into ministry. When someone who has God’s calling to preach begins to proclaim God’s word, it actually is the word of God. Man’s opinion confuses people, God’s word in His mouthpiece is another thing altogether. That is one of the reasons it is important to attend a local church, the preaching of the word of God by one of the Lord’s called ministers is irreplaceable in our lives. Here is Dane Ortlund in his book on beauty in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards describing the preaching of God’s word.
“The preaching of the Word of God is the word of God. Such a claim makes us nervous…..But understood rightly—namely, that when the Bible is responsibly preached, it is God speaking—Edwards would agree with the sentiment. “That word that is preached is the word of God,” preached Edwards in the summer of 1741. “And when it is preached according to his institution, you ought to look upon it as the sounding of the trump of God to give men warning and to call them to himself.”
Edwards believed that when he stood up to preach, he was himself the voice of God to his people. Receiving the words of a preacher, whether of Jonathan Edwards or the unknown but faithful preacher down the road from your own house today, a congregation receives the words of God. Rejecting the preacher’s words is to reject God’s words and thus God himself. The preached word is “the voice of the great God.”
God’s written word is amazing. His willingness to use imperfect, frail vessels to proclaim His word is shocking. The Lord used a minister by the name of Dick Mills to teach me the power of the spoken word when I was still in Bible College. Brother Mills loved the written word and literally soaked himself in scripture. When he began to preach or teach God’s word became a fine instrument in his mouth. If you are a minister, preach His word. If you are a Christian, get under anointed ministers. It will be a great treasure in your life.