No Man Can Truly Preach God’s Gospel Unless He Has Been With Jesus
“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, “And that he might send them forth to preach.”
No man can truly preach God’s gospel unless he has been with Jesus.
He may go to college and remain there as long as he likes, or he may identify himself with a gospel church, and learn from magazines, obituaries, or from the Bible itself, to describe and trace out the gracious experience of a child of God; but, except he has been with Jesus, and Jesus has been with him on the mount of rejoicing and in the vale of tribulation, see, that man cannot reach the deep-felt necessities of the elect, redeemed, and regenerate people of God; neither can there be any real and vital communion between him and them.
Ah, my dear friends, What is it makes a God-sent man fly as it were into the very heart’s embraces of the living family of God?
It is because that man has been with Jesus and has been taught by Jesus.
He has been with him in his sufferings, sorrows, temptations, and tribulations.
In spirit he has entered Gethsemane’s gloomy vale to watch, and weep, and pray with the Man of sorrows.
He has been blessed with spiritual acquaintance with him in the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings and conformity to his death, and is thus enabled to enter into the varied exercises and experiences of the tried and tempted brethren of the Brother born for adversity, and also, thus become their instructor, comforter, and guide, and a God-made nursing father to them.
By Thomas Bradbury