To preach Christ is much more than quoting Him and making
reference to Him. The preacher is to stand in the place of
Christ, and to use such language as this: "We are ambassadors
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you
in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:20).
How can this be unless we come from His presence with
something of His heart and Spirit? How else can we be
possessed with great and high thoughts of Christ? It can only
be as the Holy Spirit reveals Him to us. How can we speak of
Christ's love, and of how He satisifies every need, unless we
ourselves have fresh experience of these realities?
Andrew Bonar and Fellowship with Christ
The Banner of Truth