I Corinthians 1:17-25
††††††††††† The American Puritan, Cotton Mather, instructed his students with these wise and needful words of counsel - ďAmong all the subjects with which you feed the people of God, I beseech you, let not the true Bread of Life be forgotten; but exhibit as much as you can of the glorious Christ unto them; yea, let the motto upon your whole ministry be, ĎChrist is all!íĒ
a blessing it would be if every man who claims to speak for God, who claims to
be a gospel preacher, would heed those words! How blessed the
††††††††††† When we talk about divine sovereignty, we are declaring that Jesus Christ is Lord. When we proclaim Godís glorious work of predestination, we are showing how that sinners have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of Christ. Godís election is his choice of some to everlasting salvation in Christ and for Christís sake. Total depravity, a thoroughly biblical doctrine, is Godís revelation of our need of Christ. Limited atonement is the biblical assurance of effectual redemption and grace by Christ, the declaration that all for whom Christ died shall be saved. Irresistible grace, or effectual calling, is the almighty, irresistible revelation of Christ in the soul by the Holy Spirit, which causes the chosen to come to him. Regeneration is the implanting of Christ in us. Justification is the imputation of Christís righteousness to all his redeemed. Faith is trusting Christ. Sanctification is Christ being formed in us, begun in regeneration and consummated in glorification. Perseverance is Christ holding our hearts by grace and keeping us in life and faith. Baptism is the believerís public confession of faith in Christ. Being symbolically buried in the watery grave and raised with him, we confess our faith in his finished work of redemption as our Substitute. The Lordís Supper is our blessed remembrance of Christ. Eternal life is knowing Christ. Heaven is being with Christ and like Christ perfectly and forever. Preaching is telling people about Christ. Anything else is not preaching. Call it what you may; but it is not preaching!