Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What does God’s Word accomplish when it is preached?

1. It  converts  the  sinner  so  that  God’s  glory  is  supremely  manifested  in  his/her  salvation.
2. It  encourages  the  regenerate  to  grow  in  their  faith.
3. It  equips  the  saved  to  evangelize,  walk  in  holiness,  and  grow  in  sanctification.
4. It  reminds  believers  of  the  sovereignty  of  God  and  the  salvation  He  has  given.
5. It  confronts  believers  living  in  sin  to  repent,  change,  and  begin  to  walk  in  newness  of   life.
6. It  comes  across  as  foolishness  to  the  unredeemed  sinner  who  walks  away  from  the   gospel  unchanged.
7. It  further  hardens  the  reprobate  so  that  God’s  glory  is  supremely  manifested  in  his/her   judgment.
8. It  takes  the  hardened  sinner  to  the  point  where  he  is  “beyond  redemption”  and  is  an   apostate.

The  point  is  this:  the  preacher  doesn’t  know  what  God  is  sovereignly  doing  with  each  person   in  the  audience  at  that  particular  time.  But  one  thing  is  for  certain:  God  is  working  and  His   Word  never  returns  void.

Isaiah 55:11 — So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

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