There is a remarkable difference between proselytizing and “proclaiming Christ.” There is a great chasm fixed between the promotion of our denominational themes and the preaching of Jesus. There is a great distinction between talking about the Gospel and setting forth the Son of God. If we would see a recovery of the kind of fruit that Philip saw in the eighth chapter of Acts, we need to be restored into the proclamation of Christ Himself.
If the chief cornerstone of the Church is Jesus Himself, and if the Church is founded upon the apostles and prophets, what can be said of a Church that has so few men of the kind we see in the book of Acts? If we haven’t got foundational men, with the grit and power and humility of the early apostles and prophets, can it be said that we have an adequate revelation of the chief cornerstone? And if we have an insufficient revelation of the Christ, what ground are we standing upon? We may be justified, but are we rooted and grounded in His love, walking in the fear of the Lord, and preparing the way for His coming acts of salvation and judgment?
In recent days we have seen a boost in the preaching of the Father, and for decades there has been an increase in messages about the Holy Spirit. But Jesus is the fully-orbed revelation of the Father, and the Spirit comes to glorify the Son, so if we fail to preach Jesus Himself, the result will be a lop-sided faith and an imbalanced Church.
We must hear and experience the word regarding the Father and the Holy Spirit, but according to the apostles, that is best carried out in the proclamation of Christ Himself. For He leads us to the Father, and the Spirit of Holiness brings light and life to the whole revelation of God, as He is. Let us behold the Son, and let us set Him forth in the earth and to all nations, “and then the end shall come.”
“The more the church holds to its central message- Jesus Christ Himself- the more effective it is.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer