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Ministry of the Word is often thought to have the job of making the truths of Christ relevant to the audience, translating inert concepts into vibrant language that will gain an audience. There is a serious danger here, however, that Christ isn’t being given his whole place as an active minister of his own gospel by his Spirit. Christ is already inherently relevant; he is God having made himself relevant to humanity by becoming human. Ministers do not make Christ relevant but rather testify to his relevance for all of us. And God has already translated his own truth into human language in the speaking ministry of Christ. Ministers testify to Christ using language reflective of and in fact derived from Christ’s own self testimony.
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