Book of Ephesians
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What is the state of a person before Christ? Is the problem with humanity that we need more morality or is it much deeper? The Apostle Paul explains man’s greatest problem is that he is dead in trespasses and sins. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds Paul’s words in Ephesians 2. According to Lloyd-Jones, when the Christian has a strong understanding of the depth of their depravity, it makes the work of Christ all the more glorious. When the Christian sees the severity of their sin and their plight outside of union with Christ, they realize the great power and sovereignty of God in salvation and it inevitably leads to true worship and praise to God for all the grace and mercy that He shows in saving sinners. Because sin is so deadly, only the power of God can save. We cannot be unified with Christ by any other means. A true understanding of our sin will spur us on to evangelize the lost. We should want others to know of the great salvation that resides in Jesus Christ. The greatest problem with the sinner is not just that he does not come to church on Sunday or that he is not a part of the Christian social club. The greatest problem is that the sinner is alienated from God and is under God’s wrath. With this is mind, telling others about Jesus becomes all the more important a task.
What’s the fundamental problem with humanity? Is it a lack of education? Poor policies in the public sphere? What is it? Why are humans the way they are? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Ephesians 2:1-3 and explains the problem is much deeper than we thought. The problem is this: man is dead. Not physically dead––physically, man is very much alive. But in regards to spiritual things, humanity is born dead. Humanity sees no need for God and disregards his Word. Spiritual realities are boring to him and he does not find the Bible relevant. As a result, man is shaped by the present age, under the spiritual realm of darkness, and organizes his life apart from God. He doesn’t know it, because he’s dead. The result is eternal death. Listen as the Dr. explains that we must know the depths of this problem. As the problem is much deeper than one thought, the solution must be greater than we imagined. Our delight in the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from our understanding of this. We were hopeless. We were dead. Without Christ, there was nothing we could do. Yet God loved us and he has made us alive.
The importance of doctrine; the explanation of the condition of man; man in sin and his ideas about himself; natural man hates Christ; Adam; the only man who had free-will; born with a disobedient nature; sins are nature; not actions; the doctrine of original sin. (Includes comments about the death of Latimer and Ridley).
The desires of the mind and the lust of the flesh; the Scriptural meaning of the word 'flesh'; the desires of the mind; none are exempt; jealousy; envy; malice : the desires of the mind.
The apostle Paul tells us that all men are in sin and ruled by sin. Apart from the gospel we are dead in our sins and trespasses. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 2 on the judgement of God is the only answer for the children of wrath. It is vital that we come to understand the wrath of God in order to understand both the grace and love of God. We can only understand, Christ, His life, and His death if we see the great problem of our sin and God’s wrath. This wrath is the manifestation of God’s just indignation, and this just judgment of sin can be seen from Genesis to Revelation as the plan and story of redemption unfolds. But, in God’s love he provided hope for sinful and fallen man. By sending His Son to die for us sinners who deserved nothing but condemnation and judgement, He provides a way of salvation and justification for his enemies. This is the glory of the gospel God, it is adoption and justification for those who deserve nothing but judgment. It is the adoption of God’s enemies as children and inheritors through the work of Christ.
As Christains, we are citizens of Heaven, yet remain in the world. The two powerful words that make this a reality are, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains in Ephesians 2:4, the words "But God." Without God's action in this world, we would have no hope for the future. Life, as The Doctor reminds us, cannot be understood unless we view it in light of God. How do we do this? Through the Bible; expository preaching teaches us what God says in His word. To be lights in this world, Christians are not simply to strive to solve social issues and wars, but to remind people of the true and only hope: salvation in Christ Jesus. Our hope is not to be placed in governments, people, programs or systems, but in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross. In addition, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches the importance of not simply preaching morality and its benefits. We are not to preach at people to be civil. We're to share the gospel and beg people to repent, and only then will they change. Christians can look forward to going to our true home in Heaven, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of truth for our voyage through this short life through this sermon.
The gospel of hope; the Gospel revolutionises our thinking; to think in a spiritual manner; a new creature in Christ; salvation entirely the result of God's action; why God acts in salvation; the contrast between God and man; held captive by the devil.
The condition and state of the Christian; that which is true is to be grasped experientially; the doctrine of our union with Christ is fundamental to Christian life; Adam our federal head; this teaching explained; mystical union with Christ; a new spirit of life; regeneration makes a new Christian.
Salvation comparable to the resurrection of Christ; no longer under Law; but grace; born a child of Adam; crucified with Christ; a new humanity; the desires of the new man; the will of the Christian is exercised in a new direction.
The practical meaning of being seated in the heavenly places; the desires that govern the life of believer and unbeliever; strangers and pilgrims separated from the world; this is the position of the believer; hid with Christ in God; a foretaste of glory; the importance of the word 'seated'.