If we are to speak the Word of the Lord to today’s world, we need both the words of Scriptures and the power of the Spirit.
The Scriptures remind us that the Word of the Lord is given to us by the Lord. We do not create the Word of the Lord. We don not say , “I will speak the Word of the Lord for today’s world, if we are nor willing to listen to the Word which the Lord spoke to his people in other places and other times.
The Spirit reminds us that preaching the Word of the Lord is more than repeating what we read in the Scriptures. When we bring the Scriptures to those who are eager to hear the Word of the Lord, we must pray that our words will be filled with the Holy Spirit. The power of God’s Word does not come from our impressive and attractive personality. It comes from above. It comes to us from outside of ourselves. It comes to us and flows through us when we pray, “Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me… .”
Where do see this powerful combination of the Scriptures and the Spirit? We see it in Jesus. In John 6:63, we have Jesus’ words, “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” In John 6:68, we have Peter’s response to Jesus’ words, “You have the words of eternal life.” Jesus’ words were both grounded in the Scriptures and filled with the Spirit.
Lord, help us to be more like Jesus. Help us to be grounded in the Scriptures and filled with the Spirit.