The Hope of His Calling
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:18Read more
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 Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:18, New American Standard Bible
18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1:18, King James Version
18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
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.