Speaking For God

In the First Century the apostle Paul was God's spokesman, trying to reconcile men to God (II Corinthians 5:20). Christians in the Twenty-First Century have that same responsibility. The following will help us in our efforts to reconcile men to God as we speak for God.

  1. Speak with respect. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6).

  2. Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

  3. Speak to man's deeper needs. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10b).

  4. Speak with authority. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God (I Peter 4:11; II Timothy 4:1-2).

  5. Speak with boldness. And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word (Acts 4:29).

In conclusion, James said, Be not many teachers (James 3:1). James was not trying to discourage us from speaking for God, but to know the seriousness of it and to speak as God would have us speak.

In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned (Titus 2:7-8).

Roy Dunavin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR

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