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“I Magnify My Office”
God’s servants, gospel preachers, pastors, and missionaries, like the apostle Paul, are responsible to magnify the office in which the Lord God has placed them as his servants. But how?
How does a man magnify his office as God’s ambassador to immortal souls? — Not by wearing clerical garb! — Not by elevating himself above others, making Romish divisions between clergy and laity! — Not by wearing titles like “Reverend,” “Doctor,” or “Father!” — Not by refusing to dirty his hands with menial tasks! — Not by refusing to do the same work other men do!
Faithful men magnify their office as God’s servants by seeking in all things God’s glory in the salvation of his elect, by subjecting all things to this great endeavor. They avoid meaningless debates, speculations, vain questions, and strife about words. And they seek to live blamelessly before men, adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Preach the Gospel
And gospel preachers magnify their office as God’s ambassadors to your soul by faithfully preaching the gospel. A preacher is known best by his most obvious oddity. I want to be known not for oddities of my own making, but for the oddity God has trusted to me. — The gospel of Christ! — The offense of the cross!
When people speak my name or even think of it, friends or foes, I want them to immediately associate it with Christ crucified, Sovereignty, Substitution, and Satisfaction, Predestination, Election, Limited Atonement, and Irresistible Grace.
God’s servant magnifies his office by handling the Word of God honestly, by preaching the message of Holy Scripture as it is given in the Book of God ((1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:1-2). A man handles the Word of God deceitfully when he pieces portions of Scripture together to make the Bible say what he wants it to say. Any doctrine built by cutting up pieces of Scripture and then piecing them together is false doctrine. When God has a message to convey, he conveys it in plain, obvious language. We honor the Scriptures, when, like Nehemiah of old, we read the Book distinctly, give out the sense, and cause the people to whom we preach to understand the reading (Nehemiah 8:8).
God has not trusted the treasure of the gospel to this earthen vessel so that I can prove facts, display intellect, and dazzle men with strange, novel, meaningless nonsense! God has entrusted me with the gospel that I may preach it for the salvation, comfort, and edification of his elect to the glory of God.
It is the responsibility of God’s servant to magnify his office by sticking to his business. — “Go into all the world and preach the gospel!” The Book of God is all about the person, work, and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. That means that if we handle the Word of God honestly we find the things of Christ in the Book and show him in all the Scriptures.