There are certain men in the Body who are good at "capturing new ground from the enemy". These are Evangelists. They are good at leading people to Christ. They can take the battle right up to the devil's camp and set free the captives of darkness. They are the front line men of the Kingdom and their job is to capture the "gates of the enemy".
The Evangelist is like the "Judges" (Judges) of old Israel. He is the Lord's Deliverer, leading the Saints into battle against Satan. He is like Abram (Genesis Chapter 14), who fought with five kings to save his nephew Lot from captivity. The Evangelist leads the Church into battle against the princes of darkness to release their captives.
Because they are fighting against spiritual powers, the true Evangelist is a man of power in the Holy Spirit. Signs and wonders follow the Evangelist (Mark 16:15-18). We are not fighting with flesh and blood, but against "principalities and powers" (Ephesians 6:12-13). The Evangelist must know how to fight with Spiritual weapons from God. The Evangelist is a man of great faith. The Evangelist manifests the convicting power of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11).
The Evangelist also shows others how to overcome the devil. A part of his ministry is to convict the believers and move them to action in the battle against sin. He is the "Captain" of the army of God, deploying his troops in the battle. This is all done under the direction of Jesus the "Great Commander and King".
The Evangelist is the man of war in the Kingdom of God.
Yet he is also a man of great compassion upon the lost. Jesus is the great Evangelist, and He was "found in company with sinners and publicans". The Evangelist is not afraid to associate with those who are in most need of the healing power of God. As Jesus said "Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick do" (Matthew 9:12). The Evangelist has been "Anointed to preach good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, to open the prison to those who are bound" (Isaiah 61:1).
Created: 23 - Jan - 1997.