The No.1 qualification of being a Spirit-filled Preacher is not to have a degree from a “great” University or have the recognition of a “great” movement; but, it is to be Spirit-filled and totally in tune with the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today.
1. Convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (Joh 16:8 NKJ)
Spirit-filled preaching will not speak about grace without first convicting the world of sin; it will not talk about divine blessings without first demonstrating the righteousness of God; it will not talk of eternal life without first warning the world of judgment.
2. Will guide the listeners into all truth
“When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (Joh 16:13 NKJ)
Spirit-filled preaching doesn’t ignore some truths and highlight others; it is not customer-oriented, but is Spirit-mandated.
3. Is not self-originated but originates in the Father and the Son
“He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak….
He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (Joh 16:13-15 NKJ)
Spirit-filled preaching is not based on self-imagination, personal interpretation, or opinions of men. Unless the man of God has listened the voice of the Spirit, he cannot speak the words of the Spirit.
Spirit-filled preaching does not abound in quotations of humans, as if indicating the superiority of their authority. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit and is self-sufficient and totally effective and sufficient in convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12 NKJ)
4. Tells things to come
“He will tell you things to come.” (Joh 16:13 NKJ)
Spirit-filled preaching has an eschatological focus. The Holy Spirit is the unveiler of God’s Plan for the Ages.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Rev 2:7 NKJ)
He was there when the Ages began:
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Gen 1:2 NKJ)
You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. (Psa 104:30 NKJ)
He foretold the First Coming of Christ and bears witness of the Second Coming:
“for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2Pe 1:21 NKJ)
“the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:10 NKJ)
“Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.” (1Pe 1:10-11 NKJ)
5. Glorifies Christ
“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (Joh 16:14 NKJ)
Spirit-filled preaching glorifies Christ. It doesn’t exalt any man, culture, organization, or human ideal. It isn’t afraid of humans nor seeks to please any man. It is not boastful of self or its accomplishments. The chief end of Spirit-filled preaching is to glorify Christ.