To the Praise of His Glory
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:14
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)
What should be the starting point of all a Christian’s thought? How ought our thinking about any particular doctrine be finally assessed? The answer is simple: the Glory of God! As Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out in this sermon, the Apostle Paul from start to finish in Ephesians is primarily concerned with the praise of His glory. Many religious people miss this crucial point. Their thinking upon any particular religious topic – whether sin or salvation – begins first with themselves. Lloyd-Jones warns this is a grave mistake. Any Christian doctrine that begins with something other than the glory of God will negatively be affected. If man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, how often do we ask God to forgive us for not glorifying Him? How often do we consider salvation as only benefits or happiness to us and not as a right relationship to God? These are all hard questions, which the Doctor provokes within us in this sermon on one of the highest thoughts human beings can ever contemplate.