The Mystery of the Gospel 2
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)
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.
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.