Preaching is spiritual warfare. Few think of preaching in this
way, but it is essential to do so in order to profit from the ministry
of the Word of God.
Preaching – and listening to preaching – is spiritual warfare. I
would venture to say that it is the most intense battle a Christian
faces each week. Why is this? It is because in preaching the Kingdom
of God strives to advance. The Lord, the commander of the
army, is engaging the evil one and fighting to defeat his strongholds.
Through preaching God is seeking to free the captives of
the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of his
Son. Through preaching God is fighting by his Holy Spirit against
the flesh and seeking to liberate his people from the domination of
sin. Through preaching Christ is lifted up and placarded before the
eyes of the congregation, and Satan despises the exaltation of the
Saviour. Preaching is spiritual warfare and therefore it should not
surprise us that Paul encourages Timothy to endure hardship with
him like a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3)...