A Short Study of 2nd Corinthians 4:5
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
(2nd Corinthians 4:5)
Many claim to be preachers of Christ, saying, “We preach Jesus.” But the preaching of Christ is not the mere repeating of His name. It is not just saying, “Believe on Jesus…” It is not saying the name “Jesus” and leaving men to put their own views to it as to who He is or what He has done. No, to preach Christ is to declare what the scriptures say about who He is. He is God manifest in the flesh. He is the One who is the “Wisdom” that was in the beginning. He is the Angel of the Covenant, the eternal Son, the holy One, and the Author and Finisher of the eternal salvation. The scriptures tell us what God says He has done. As the angel said, His name is called Jesus because He has saved His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). We are to preach Christ “crucified.” We preach who He was crucified for, the design of His sufferings and also the glory that must follow! What did He accomplish? He suffered, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God. He died a particular death, “even the death of the cross.” His being “obedient unto death” is the act by which God has justified all His people and at the same time satisfied His just Self in the matter of their sins. If Christ is all and everything in God’s salvation, and He is, then let us hear more and more about who He is and what He has done! No true preacher need fear running out of material or can ever think he has said all that can be said about the Him whose name is “Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Through the preaching of Christ, the Spirit of God will take the “things” of Christ and show them to His people. He will show them the things that are freely given them of God!