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Holy Spirit and preaching

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True Christian preaching is grounded in the word of God and applied by the Holy Spirit to its audience.


The Holy Spirit is identified with the proclaimed word of God

Ephesians 6:17 ESV
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
See also Jn 6:63

The Holy Spirit sends God’s messengers

Acts 13:4–5 ESV
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.

The Holy Spirit equips, inspires and instructs God’s messengers

He inspires the OT prophets

Micah 3:8 ESV
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.
See also Is 61:1–2; Eze 2:2–5; 2 Pe 1:21

He inspires Jesus Christ’s teaching ministry

Luke 4:18–21 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
See also Is 61:1–2; Mt 12:18; Is 42:1; Jn 3:34

The apostles preach in the Spirit’s power

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 ESV
and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
See also Lk 24:45–49; Ac 4:8–12 Peter; Ac 6:10 Stephen; Ac 13:4–5 Paul and Barnabas; 1 Th 1:5; 1 Pe 1:12

The Holy Spirit teaches and applies the preached word of God to its hearers

John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
See also Jn 16:15; 1 Co 2:13
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