The Authentic Marks of Christianity
A Sermon on Acts 4:13
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (ESV)
Christianity is not based on human power or wisdom. It is not the result of clever and prudent men, but it is the result of the Gospel of God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, strong and weak, wise and foolish, all are in need of Jesus Christ. There are no prerequisites to being saved, but to believe in the name of Christ. In this Gospel, God subverts the ways of the world, this is because the world is about power and pomp. It is about vain glory and empty praise. But the Gospel is about Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man hung on a bloody tree so that all those who believe would become a part of the new creation. This message humbles men because it leaves no place for boasting, and it leaves no place for human pride and hubris. It tells all men that they are sinful and under the judgment of God. It says that all men are slaves to sin and their twisted desires. But through the Gospel there is true renewal and life by the blood of Christ. The church should take great comfort knowing that it proclaims the truth and power of God In his Gospel.