The Mystery of the Gospel 2
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:18-20Read more
The natural man is perplexed at God’s ways with the world. The Gospel alone has an adequate explanation. Modern belief is that the world is advancing toward perfection. But as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from Ephesians 6:18-20, this doesn't fit the observable patterns of reality. The Bible’s storyline of creation, the fall of mankind, and the consequences is the only reasonable explanation for the condition of man. Man is baffled by this: if God is all powerful and good, why does he allow pain and suffering? The answer goes back to the first sin at the Fall. But the Bible goes further. God, in his eternal wisdom, has permitted it. God decided to allow freedom of will to the devil and to man in their initial perfection, giving freedom of the possibility of the broken world as we know it. God, though he permits evil, puts a limit to what he permits. The world thinks God’s way of dealing with this broken world would of necessity be one of gradual improvement and reformation. But the Bible tells us this is not the case. God has chosen to redeem through the cross of his Son, Jesus Christ. At his second coming, the current world reality will be obliterated.
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.