The Hope of His Calling
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:18
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (ESV)
As Christians we can often feel distant from God. What is your response when coldness towards spiritual matter creeps into your heart? Does your assurance waver? How can we have a steady anchor for our Christian life? Rather than wait for another experience, the prayer of the Apostle Paul for Christians is that we look to our hope. This is not a general hopefulness, but hope in God. More specifically, hope in God’s calling of us. This will have a profound effect on our assurance says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. As the Doctor expounds this great prayer of Paul, he carefully navigates between the general call of God in the gospel for all men, and the effectual call of the Holy Spirit for believers. If we want assurance we must look to the Covenant keeping God's Scripture. We must look to the God in whom there is no variation or change. The Father who will keep His children by His grace until the very end. Lloyd-Jones challenges us to consider these wonderful truths of Scripture and pray this for ourselves.