The Counsel of His Own Will
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)
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!