John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

 

We have to realize that the word mentioned in the picture is the very Spirit. If we compare this verse to John 6:63, we can see that the word that the Lord speaks is spirit and life. If the word spoken by the Lord were not spirit, how could it enter into the heart of the listeners? This is the reason that while we are preaching the word in a living way, this living word becomes the Spirit in the hearts of the listeners. We can never separate the Lord’s word from the Spirit. The Spirit and the word are always two in one. While we are speaking the word, the Holy Spirit mingles Himself with the word. Then when the word arrives in the hearts of the listeners, it becomes the living Spirit.

 

The word is not just mere doctrine but rather, something living. If you have preached the gospel before, then you will understand. When you preached mere doctrines to people, the word does not remain in them nor stir them up. On the contrary, if you have the living Spirit mingled with the words, the difference is obvious. We need to be able to differentiate between these two in order to bring about a real, lasting change.

 

…when we go to preach, we need to teach people a little, but we should not do too much teaching…When we speak, we need the living faith that our word is a word full of the Spirit. For this reason, we have to learn not to speak the teaching of religion. We must learn to speak something about Christ, the living One. We are not ministering mere doctrines as a religion; we are ministering the living Christ to peopleRegardless of which way we contact people, the goal, the aim, is to minister Christ to them, to bring them to realize that what they need is Christ Himself, the living One.

 

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