The Mystery of Godliness
A Sermon on the Mystery of Godliness from Ephesians 6:18-20
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 …
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 …
What is the mystery of godliness? In this sermon on Ephesians 6:18–20 titled “The Mystery of the Person of Christ,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims that God was “manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up to glory.” Christianity is all about the person of Christ Himself. The essential question is this: “what do you think about Christ?” Until one is clear about this, they cannot be clear about anything else. It’s no surprise that this is the very point where the devil has focused his greatest attacks. It is absolutely vital to be clear about who He is, because in Him is the only hope for the world. The gospel is not about humanity trying to arrive at an understanding, but God miraculously intervening, supernaturally entering in to the problems of humanity and doing His work through the person of Christ. In John’s Gospel, he made it clear in the purpose statement who Jesus was: “that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” The mystery of godliness is uniquely and marvelously this: that divinity and humanity is equally in one person who came to live and die to reconcile humanity to God.
- The sermon begins by establishing that the Christian message is a mystery from beginning to end. It is supernatural and miraculous.
- The sermon then provides many examples from the Gospels of people marveling at Jesus' teachings and miracles to demonstrate the mysterious and supernatural nature of Christianity.
- The sermon argues that the essence of the mystery of Christianity is found in the person of Jesus Christ. His nature seems contradictory, being both human and divine, strong and weak, mighty and helpless.
- The sermon asserts that Jesus is the eternal Son of God manifest in human flesh. He is not just a great moral teacher. He is God come to earth to save humanity.
- The sermon explains that the Spirit vindicated Jesus, enabling his miracles and resurrection. Angels also testified to Jesus' divinity.
- The sermon proclaims that Jesus was preached to the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, and ascended into glory.
- The sermon concludes by arguing that Christianity is not about living a good life or being a good person. It is about believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and savior. We must become like children and accept this great mystery.
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.