Saturday, February 21, 2009

Joyful tidings

"'Evangelion' (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word, and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man's heart glad, and maketh him sing, dance and leap for joy."

William Tyndale, quoted in Iain H. Murray, Evangelicalism Divided, page 1.

Tomorrow some of us will preach the gospel. May we announce to the people one utterance, at least just one, that has the power to make a reasonable, thoughtful, respectable adult want to stand up and shout for joy. Not that they will. But they should be thinking, "Hold on here, buddy. I know how you feel, but don't let this joy carry you away." If we never say anything that has that effect on a reasonable adult, are we preaching the gospel?

Let's preach to sinners the news so good that we ourselves must struggle against the joy of it.