The Bad News and the Good News

by Mike Ratliff

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (Galatians 3:21-26 ESV)

This morning in Church I heard an incredibly succinct description of how a preacher is to correctly preach. Those who do it right read out loud to their hearers what the Word of God says. Then they exegetically expound to them what it says. All of this is bathed in prayer in total reliance on the moving of the Holy Spirit to move people to obey God’s Word. Those who do it this way do so in obedience to their Lord while those who seek to entertain and never offend anyone are in unbelief and are actually in disobedience to their calling. In fact, if we obediently preach God’s Word then there will always be someone who doesn’t like it. What we must do is make sure that we fear God instead of man and that we obey Him in proclaiming His Word rather than seek to please men because if we do the latter we prove we are actually ashamed of the gospel.  Continue reading