McEwen on Gospel Proclamation

The gospel preacher is one who proclaims,

“Christ is All in All. If he insists on a divine attribute, he declares how it shines forth in Christ with the brightest excellence. If on a promise, he explains, how in Christ it is Yes and Amen. If on a command, he inculcates the necessity of obedience, by motives drawn from Jesus Christ; and how impossible it is for us to obey, without first being united to Him as the head of all vital influences. Christ is the Beginning, Christ is the End; Christ is the Middle, Christ is the All…

We preach Christ Jesus the Lord, the only all-sufficient Savior, every way adapted to your need, whoever you are. Are you a foolish sinner? We preach to you Christ Jesus the Lord, as made of God, unto you, wisdom. Are you a guilty sinner? We preach to you Christ Jesus the Lord, as made of God, unto you, righteousness. Are you an unholy and polluted sinner? We preach Christ Jesus the Lord, as made of God, unto you, sanctification. Are you a miserable and captive sinner? We preach Christ Jesus the Lord, as made of God, unto you, complete redemption… Sinners of every nation of the world; of every station of life; of every sex and age; sinners of every size and temperament; we preach Christ Jesus the Lord, as God’s great ordinance for your salvation.”

William McEwen, The Great Matter and End of Gospel Preaching. A Sermon Preached at the Ordination of the Revd. Alexander Dick… Aberdeen… December 7th, 1758 (Aberdeen: Printed by J. Chalmers, 1759), 7, 26-27. Updated.