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The Counsel of His Own Will

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Book of Ephesians

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)

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No truth of Scripture is perhaps most uncomfortable for modern Christians than predestination. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that we cannot simply ignore themes in the Bible just because there are disagreements or debates over them. We must with reverence, without prejudice, and with submissive hearts come to the Bible open to the truth contained within God’s Holy Word. Lloyd-Jones asks a penetrating question that all Christians must contemplate: why I am what I am as a Christian? Does your answer to that question reserve any glory for yourself? Or does your answer reserve all glory to God? With keen observation and interpreting Scripture with Scripture, in this message, Lloyd-Jones demonstrates God not only is fully responsible for the initiation of salvation, but He also is fully responsible for carrying it out. What great assurance we have as Christians! What praise and adoration should our response be for such a great salvation! Listen as Lloyd-Jones expounds this wonderful truth of God’s deliberation of salvation according to the counsel of His will!


Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 1:11-14, New American Standard Bible

11In Him we also have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things in accordance with the plan of His will, 12to the end that we who were the first to hope in the Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise, 14who is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14, King James Version

11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.