Sunday, December 17, 2006

Purpose of the Gospel

"He did not hesitate to stand up and say, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me". ... At the end of His life He tells Pilate that He is come into the world "to bear witness unto the truth". He had come to save us, but do not put that first; He had come to bear witness to the truth, and it is only as He brings us to a knowledge of the truth that He saves us. Everything is in terms of the truth, and it is truth about God!

The whole purpose of the gospel, the object of the whole of salvation, is to bring us to this knowledge of God. Not to give us certain experiences and feelings only. Thank God, we get these, as it were, in passing, but if I have not got this salvation, experiences and feelings may be spurious and false; they may be of the devil and his counterfeits; for the cults can make people happy and give them various kinds of deliverance, even healing their bodies at times.

No, it is not that, it is to know God, and to come to the knowledge of the truth, and the truth is - the holiness of God. It is there in the sixth chapter of Isaiah: 'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory'!"

--Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Exposition to Ephesians


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