Today's Expositor's Quote comes from the the great Puritan, John Owen:
Unless preachers experience of the power of the truth which they preach in and upon their own souls . . . they will themselves be lifeless and heartless in their own work, and their labor for the most part will be unprofitable towards others. . . . A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the food which he provides for others will scarce make it savory unto them; yea, he knows not but the food he hath provided may be poison, unless he have really tasted of it himself. If the word do not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us. And no man lives in a more woful condition than those who really believe not themselves what they persuade others to believe continually. The want of this experience of the power of gospel truth on their own souls is that which gives us so many lifeless, sapless orations, quaint in words and dead as to power, instead of preaching the gospel in the demonstration of the Spirit.
John Owen, "The True Nature of a Gospel Church and Its Government", Works, Vol 16.
[May the word dwell with power in you this week, and pass with power from you on Sunday. - Coty]
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