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The purpose of the Gospel; this present evil world; how does Christ bring in the kingdom? the cosmic dimension of the kingdom.
The question of a right approach; no one is beyond redemption; the root of man's trouble is sin; reconciliation to God is man's great need; the authority to reconcile is held only by Christ.
These parables explained; many are outside the Church because of misconceptions concerning Christianity; a new and unique message; putting new wine into the old bottles (i.e. Ritualism); the power is entirely in the Gospel; not in man; the power that smashes man; then creates him anew.
Man misunderstands the true nature of the kingdom of God; salvation is not a reward; a Christian view of salvation; salvation is the generosity of God.
The Gospel that speaks to man's need and condition; reasons for listening to the Gospel; man's need of the Gospel; the power of God unto salvation.
The glory of God revealed in the Gospel; the character of the Gospel; the power unto salvation; what determines response to the Gospel? Christ came to save .
As Christians we have all experienced that moment where the Gospel all of a sudden makes sense. We did not know the Gospel. We could not understand the Gospel. And then it seemed to click. This is why the Gospel is so mysterious. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Ephesians 6:18-20 and unpacks the mystery of the Gospel, and why man, in his natural state, cannot comprehend it. Dr. Lloyd-Jones begins by asking the questions, “What is the mystery of the Gospel?” and “Why is the Gospel a mystery?” After delving through the Scriptures, he comes to the conclusion that the mystery of the Gospel is the mind of God. Why can man not understand the mystery of the Gospel? Because it is the very wisdom and mind of God. Man might consider himself wise, but no man is wise enough to understand the mind of the eternal God. At this point, Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives hope by providing the only way that man might understand the Gospel. Man must repent. Man must turn away from his foolish thinking that he can understand the mind of God, and consider himself rightly, as a fool. Once man repents and asks God to forgive him, then the Spirit will reveal to him the mystery of this Gospel and man will rejoice in it. Be encouraged by this clear explanation of the glorious mystery of the Gospel.
“The test of anything that claims to be Christian is the test of power”. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that whether we are speaking of the church or of the individual Christian, the test of authenticity is the test of results produced by divine power. The gospel had been delivered to the Thessalonians in word, but it did not come in word only. The gospel came with divine power to bring about results. The results included repentance of sin and pagan idol worship to the service of a living true God. Furthermore, this gospel power was accompanied by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit took the words of the gospel and made them effectual in the lives of the Thessalonians and all true believers. Did the Apostle Paul contribute anything? Yes. The Doctor identifies that the Apostle himself brought personal conviction and assurance that was so authentic, the power of God in his message was unmistaken and would not be ineffectual. What is the test of authenticity for the church and the Christian? It is the test of power.
The Gospel that starts with God and not man; the Gospel brings man to God; man's troubles arise from his failure to start with God.
Wrong ideas of the Christian faith; a Gospel of grace; the great fact of prophecy; Christianity depends solely on Christ; a message of salvation.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.