Remembering John Stott

John Stott is now at home  with the Lord.

Rev. John Stott, Major Evangelical Figure, Dies at 90 – NYTimes.com.

I remember as a seminarian sneaking out of class with one of my fellow students to hear a lecture by Rev. Stott at McMaster University, the first and only time I saw Convocation Hall, as I believe it is called, filled to capactiy. What struck me was this man’s great humility as he shared his insights on 1 Corinthians 4:9, where Paul writes:  For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. It was clear that he meant what he told us. Here was a great man standing before us, who presented himself and the gospel of Jesus so ordinarily.

I’ve continued learning much from Stott, especially through his commentaries and other books. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like me sent from God (2 Corinthians 2:14-17). May there be many more servants of Christ like John Stott, whose life bears testimony to the truth of the only gospel. Indeed, who is equal to such a task?

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