Heard. Believed. Trusted
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:11-14
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)
Does the sovereignty of God minimize the responsibilty of man? Reformed theology is often caricatured by insisting it promotes a world where people lack true humanity. God’s work in salvation is said to be in contradiction to human responsibility of proclaiming the gospel and the sinner believing the gospel. But that is not Reformed theology, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. A fundamental truth is lacking in the common objection. While it is absolutely God’s work, He uses means to accomplish His work. As Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 1:11-14, he reminds us of these means which are always constant as God is working. If these means are not present, then a person cannot become a Christian. They are necessary for the sinner to move from being under the wrath of God to being in Christ. Listen as Lloyd-Jones carefully works through God’s Word and teaches on this extremely important subject. Whether you are a faithful Christian who desires to better understand the relationship between evangelism and the work of God or a skeptic of Reformed theology, Lloyd-Jones will assist in explaining this important truth of Scripture.