The Mystery of the Gospel 1
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:18-20
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (ESV)
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.