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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)

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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.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:18-20, New American Standard Bible

18With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be alert with all perseverance and every request for all the saints, 19and pray in my behalf, that speech may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:18-20, King James Version

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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.