Power to us-ward Who Believe
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:19-23
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)
Hardly anyone claiming the title “Christian” would deny the need for God’s power in salvation. There is, however, a fundamental difference between the person who says salvation is the power of God in addition to something I do, and those who say salvation is God’s power working in me and through me. The latter has roots in the apostolic testimony, the former does not. Neither is this a a mere linguistic quibble, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, but our very assurance is at stake. In this sermon Lloyd-Jones says Paul is not simply concerned with God’s power towards us, but His power in us. This is ultimately the final grounds of our assurance. When we consider all that glory entails, especially standing before a holy God and seeing Him face-to-face, how can we ever have confidence that we will be fit to stand? Given that the world, sin, and the devil are constantly at war against me, how will we ever overcome? Lloyd-Jones shows how the Apostle Paul’s prayer calls our minds to the resurrection power of God in order to assure us that glory will be attained by God’s saints. It is God and by His power alone Christians are made and not even death will keep us from glory.