Updated: Feb 18, 2021
EVANGELIST – A bringer of good news.
An evangelist is someone who is called by God to spread the gospel to the lost. The Old Testament is a good place to find the gift of the Evangelist outlined.
MOSES - A TYPE AND SHADOW OF THE EVANGELIST
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
God’s first interaction with Moses was through a burning bush. This was considered a “great sight” in the mind of Moses and it was a compelling factor to lead him to the Lord. This is a type of how God draws the lost to Himself.
The scriptures declare that there is none that seeketh after righteousness, therefore, if God intends to make Himself known, He must draw men unto Himself. The first thing God must do is reveal Himself, and He does so by proving His existence.
In the example with Moses, He appeared miraculously as a bush that burned with fire and was not consumed. This is what caused Moses to seek out more about what He had witnessed. Notice Moses’ response,
“I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”
Thus, when God draws, He does not force an individual to do anything; He simply reveals Himself, and the individual will seek out more.
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.
5 And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
This is Moses’ calling. The Lord called him by name and Moses answered. However, he was restricted from coming too close to the Lord. This is where Moses and the sons of God differ. Today, the sons of God are invited into the Holy of Holies, into the Spirit of the living God.
I must make mention here of God’s strategy. It was not hard for Moses to believe the voice that came out of the bush when it said, “I am God…” because He was witnessing a miracle before His eyes. God does the same thing to us today when He is drawing us. He works a sign, or a wonder in our lives, that we know only God could do. Sometimes that sign is healing, or maybe a situation resolving miraculously, or even a changed heart; either way, it will be miraculous enough that will cause us to trust whatever He says. Thus, when the miracle is explained as the power of God it is easy for one to believe because they have already witnessed the impossible.
God's strategy is to also make Moses an unmoveable believer in the power of God, this will give Him confidence when he works his ministry later.
7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
It is important here to mention how God feels about mankind. Though they have left Him, He has a great love for them. He is aware that their disposition is because of the captivity they are in, thus, His desire is to deliver, as opposed to condemn.
The Egyptians symbolize the Kingdom of Darkness. When Adam sinned, mankind was sold under sin and bound to darkness. Thus, we were now captives of the will of darkness, even as the Israelites were to the Egyptians. When one is captive, they can only do what the captor commands. If they rebel there are grave consequences. Likewise, the man that does not have the Holy Ghost is bound to the will of the devil.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Above is the testimony of someone who does not have the Holy Spirit. They will desire to do good but lack the power to. If a captive disobeys their master, they will be punished. Likewise, when someone without the Holy Spirit tries to be righteous, the devil will beat them into submission, with feelings, urges and cravings that they cannot overpower or control. This is why when someone is possessed, the devil often causes the individual to convulse. Convulsion occurs when the soul is trying to do something but the devil is overpowering their will.
This is a wretched state (Rom 7:24). God looked at this and pitied the world. Even as His heart melted for the captivity of Israel, so does His heart melt for the captivity of mankind. Thus, He has said,
“…And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land…”
Jesus came down from heaven to deliver us from the hand of the enemy, and to bring us into the Kingdom of Heaven.
9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
This is the calling of an Evangelist! They are called to confront the devil that is within mankind. This confrontation is by God’s ordination, hence God will do anything to vindicate it.
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Isn’t this the disposition of most of us? How is Moses, an ex-murderer going to have the authority to free the people of Israel from the dominion of Egypt? Compared to Pharaoh, Moses was a criminal nomad, on the other hand, Pharaoh was the king of the greatest empire on earth.
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
This is the assurance that God will move – He is with you. Notice, God did not say, “and if thou has brought forth the people,” but He said, “When thou hast brought forth the people” This is the assurance the evangelist must have in their heart. God will use them to destroy the works of darkness. It does not matter what their past was, all that matters is that God has called them now!
THE EVANGELIST’S WORD
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
The Evangelist is called to speak to two kingdoms; the kingdoms of men and the kingdom of darkness. Their word to the souls of men is spoken directly to their hearts.
The Evangelist must carry the word of God to the lost souls of God. Notice that God knew they would ask what is His name? The name God gave was I AM THAT I AM. This is interesting when we come to the New Covenant.