by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
I am proud of the Gospel of Christ
Paul is ready to preach to all—the Emperor on his throne, the counsellors and captains, but also the soldiers and the slaves, the outcast and despised. He has a message for all, and it is the same message for all. Ashamed of it? Why, it is the one thing which is worthy of our boasting and our exultation, for it alone is big enough and wide enough to deal with the whole world, and to include the praise of all.
How small and petty do the various things seem in which men make their boast, by the side of Jesus Christ and His gospel!
... There is but one message that can include the whole world, in spite of all divisions and distinctions. There is but one power that can bring all men together and unite them and bring them to true brotherhood.... It is ‘the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth’.
Ah who have ever believed it, and have proved its truth and power, have joined Paul in saying and singing, ‘God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’. The chorus is already loud, but it will be louder. For John tells us in his vision that, ‘I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts, and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.’ God grant that we may find ourselves among the blessed throng!
The Plight of Man and the Power of God, pp. 93–4