19 February 2013

A Life that is Becoming to the Gospel

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ... (Phil 1:27a)
Now that is the way the New Testament appeals to us to live the Christian life. It does not put us under rules and regulations, or merely say that we ought to be living this kind of life because it is better than any other. Rather, it comes with its own inevitable logic and reasons. You say you are a Christian, you say you believe the gospel of Christ, very well, all I ask of you, is to live your life in the way that is becoming to that gospel. All I say is, if you believe in the fact of sin, show that you hate it; if you believe in the death of Christ, then demonstrate it. If you believe in the rebirth and the power of the Holy Spirit, let it be evident to all that this is a fact; if you really say you believe in that glory that is to come, well do you not think that it is only reasonable and logical that you should be setting your affection there and not here, and that you should be gazing on those things rather than on these? Should you not rather be hasting on to it and purifying yourself and doing your utmost to be ready for it? Only exercise your citizenship in a manner that shall be worthy of the gospel of Christ.

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2, (Baker Book House: 1989), 120–121.

Further Reading
Women Elders: the World vs. the Word
Ten Minutes with John MacArthur
Even the Demons Believe

2 comments:

  1. Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ... (Phil 1:27a)

    I so respect pastors who have a humble, earnest devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. I so appreciate it when I see a Christian striving to be dignified, kind, patient and careful to not behave in an offensive manner.

    This lovely scripture also brings to mind what is so unworthy in the church today…the disreputable antics of many famous mega-pastors (and the not so famous too). The manner in which a lot of so-called “ministry” is done nowadays just wearies me with its crass worldliness.

    I can’t understand how Christians can accept the filthy speaking in sermons, harsh threats to those who don’t get on board with the pastor’s vision, the gambling, the tattoos, performing hellish rock music at Easter services, and on and on. These things do not represent a “manner of life” that is worthy of the gospel of Christ.

    And it’s also a good reminder to look at myself and make sure my manner of life is what it should be. Carol

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  2. I have really enjoyed your quotes from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I am partial to British pastors and authors. I am in the beginnings of a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount and I am using his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. So far the study has been humbling and a whole lot of soul-searching.

    I thank God for your ministry.

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