He Opened His Mouth

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”Acts 8:35 

Preaching does not only mean standing behind a pulpit or heralding the good news in a public place to a multitude of people. It also means speaking plainly the truths of Christ one on one, individual to individual, perhaps on some remote Gaza road, like Philip. 

The efficacious call of the Holy Spirit was upon the Ethiopian eunuch. God’s irresistible grace was already working upon Candace’s treasurer when the Lord sent Philip to “Go near” and join himself to the eunuch’s chariot. The eunuch, reading Isaiah 53, could not make sense of it until a Spirit-led, Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered man could preach Christ and Him crucified from the truth the eunuch pondered. 

Has the awesome beauty, splendor and majesty of Christ’s atoning Sacrifice so captured you that you can see Christ and Him crucified in every passage of Scripture? Have you been so delighted by the truth of Christ and Him crucified that you’ve been filled and empowered by God’s Spirit to open your mouth to preach Christ wherever and to whomever the Spirit has led you? Let us endeavor to be nourished upon the truth of Christ and Him crucified in every portion of our “Daily Bread.” Preaching is not merely for the pastor or elders of the church. Preaching is the glorious utterance of every child of God. 

When you think you may be in a desert place, look around. You may just find that the Spirit has transported you to your own “Gaza road.” And if you are, preach Christ crucified from the very first portion of scripture pondered. 

“Search the scriptures” the Lord Jesus said, “for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

7 Comments

  1. Dear Pastor Cardwell,

    It is overwhelming to try and grasp the individual iniqueness bestowed upon us by God. And this would be the reason that a “one-size-fits-all” church growth movement is not supported by Scripture.

    Think of the incomprehensible variety God has created in people. We all look different (even identical twins are mirror images) have our very own distinct recognizable voices, different gifts and abilities, varing temperments and pesonalities, hobbies, likes an dislikes, We are all wonderful “one-of-a-kind” creations formed by God.

    God providentially places us in a particular time and place to accomplish His good purposes. He made Esther exceptionally beautiful for her very specific role in preserving God’s people.

    God has mercifully given us His book of perfect instruction (The Bible) and if we are faithful to follow it He will lead us in all truth through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

    We need to be like Philip and preach to those whom God puts before us, how our Lord and Savior Jesus became the perfect sacrifice, the unblemished lamb to pay the price for our sin and take upon Himself the unmitigatied wrath of our just and holy God, while He hung on the cross.

    We need to see each person as precious in the sight of God, preach the Good News and then leave the results to the Holy Spirit. Thanks again. Kept in His hand, by His grace, Charisse

  2. Thank you , Pastor Jon,

    I pray that I would be more and more willing to open my mouth boldly to speak of Christ and His cross. No matter what it costs; friends, family, position or opportunites. It is a wonderful blessing when the message is received in a positive way, but if not- on to the next. Our great privilege is to speak to others about what Christ has done for us.

    Praying your day is filled with His blessings of peace and contentment in whatever situation you find yourself in today.

  3. What a rich devotional this is.

    I love how you described the real motivator for evangelism: “Has the awesome beauty, splendor and majesty of Christ’s atoning Sacrifice so captured you that you can see Christ and Him crucified in every passage of Scripture? Have you been so delighted by the truth of Christ and Him crucified that you’ve been filled and empowered by God’s Spirit to open your mouth to preach Christ wherever and to whomever the Spirit has led you?”

    Unless there is a real captivation of the soul with regard to everything that He has accomplished for us, can we REALLY do evangelism? If we truly understand that the words of Jesus, “It is finished” are eternally true, then our evangelism can only be an overflow so-to-speak and He, and He alone gets the glory.

    I so appreciate this devotional.

  4. I also wanted to say that I loved what you said here: “Preaching is not merely for the pastor or elders of the church. Preaching is the glorious utterance of every child of God. ”

    Rightly understood, aren’t we all preachers?

    Beautiful.

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