The Evangelist

It was he who gave some to be apo


Even the Deepest Spiritual Matters

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
—1 Corinthians 2:14

When we send our young men and women off to college, there is something vital we should be sure they know. They should go into this new stage of their education with their eyes wide open. They should not only be aware, but they should also have a full understanding that many of their future educators can’t understand the things concerning the Kingdom of God.

These Kingdom matters are spiritual in nature. To the man or woman who hasn’t experienced the new birth, the things of God will appear to be foolishness to them, no matter what level of education they have. The best human thinkers in the world have tried to philosophize and psychoanalyze the world around them, but their best efforts will never pierce the truth without the Spirit of God.

I’ve been in many nations of the world and have literally heard hundreds of earthly languages spoken. Even though these men and women may be absolutely correct in what they are saying in their native tongue, without an interpreter it is nothing but gibberish to me. I wouldn’t know the difference if they were quoting a nursery rhyme or the Word of God. I simply can’t understand them because the language is foreign to me.

The same is true about things concerning the Kingdom of God. Without an interpreter, or the Holy Spirit, men and women who aren’t born again can’t understand scriptures, your testimony or anything else which reveals spiritual truth. It is foreign to them. If our young men and women understood this before they went to college, they would be able to weed out the truth from the ramblings of men and women who are desperately trying to make sense of the world around them. Truth and the wisdom of God will come from the church body, not from the lips of unspiritual men.

As for you, if you’re a new creature in Christ and have been born from above, you have the spiritual power necessary to understand both Kingdom business and the world around you. George Washington Carver, William Harvey and Robert Boyel were all extraordinary men of education and science who gave to the Lord by stating that He revealed their discoveries to them. It was the Spirit of God living within these men that enlightened their understanding to the realities around them.

If the Spirit of God lives in you, then this type of revelation knowledge should be natural to you. God, through His Spirit in you, will educate you, lead you and fill your life with revelation. Stop saying that you can’t understand or that you’re slow when it comes to certain things. Let the Spirit of God who abides within you begin to quicken not only your body, but your mind as well. You have the ability of heaven to understand the world around you and to discern even the deepest spiritual matters.

Scriptural Context

1 Corinthians 2:1-15

Concept Reinforcement

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar?
Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not
God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

—1 Corinthians 1:20

His intent was that now, through the church,
the manifold wisdom of God should be made known
to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly

—Ephesians 3:10

As for you, the anointing you received
from him remains in you, and you do not need
anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches
you about all things and as that anointing is
real, not counterfeit-just as it has taught
you, remain in him.

—1 John 2:27


stles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…
—Ephesians 4:11-12

Probably one of the most recognized gifts in the body of Christ is the office of an evangelist. That’s because the evangelist who stands in a heaven-ordained position of authority usually stirs things up in a very public way. Part of this is because of the anointing that is on his or her life, but it’s also due to the nature of the administration of the ministry. A gifted evangelist will not only draw a crowd, but he will also confront them with the reality of the gospel.

A true evangelist will bring his listeners to a point of decision. With the pressure of conviction supplied by the Holy Spirit, each and every person who hears the evangelistic message must choose to surrender their life to Christ or to reject Him. Depending on that choice, the evangelist will bring to a person’s life either salvation and joy or the tormenting knowledge of death and destruction. The scripture explains that to some, we are the sweet fragrance of deliverance through Christ, but to those who reject Him we reek of death. As you can gather, the evangelist’s ministry will not only produce Christ in others, it will bring about conflict and offense as well.

The called evangelist will not only reach the lost in his country, but will most likely have a drawing to the nations as well. Whenever possible, an evangelist will impart this international vision for the unsaved to the Church. Understand that a gifted evangelist isn’t just called to save the sinner; he has also been set in the body of Christ to prepare people for the work of the ministry. Although an evangelist can minister on a variety of subjects, he will most often perfect people in their responsibility to share the gospel and lead others to Christ.

Although the evangelist’s heart is heavy with God’s desire for all men to be saved, he can’t carry this responsibility by himself. We have all been commanded and commissioned to share the gospel. We have all been given the responsibility to do the work of an evangelist. We may not stand in front of thousands as some evangelists do, but we are all called to share our faith and love for Jesus on a personal basis. Don’t ever discount the ministry of an evangelist, thinking he’s only called to the lost. Jesus set the evangelist in the body to help you as well. If you’ll listen and open your heart, he’ll help you become the soul winner Jesus has asked you to be.

Scriptural Context

Ephesians 4:7-16

Concept Reinforcement

He said to them, “Go into all the
world and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,
but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

—Mark 16:15-16

Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea
and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist,
one of the Seven.

—Acts 21:8

For we are to God the aroma of Christ among
those who are being saved and those who are
perishing. To the one we are the smell of death;
to the other, the fragrance of life. And who
is equal to such a task?

—2 Corinthians 2:15-16

But you, keep your head in all situations,
endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist,
discharge all the duties of your ministry.

—2 Timothy 4:5