The Final Consummation
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)
Can a Christian ever err by focusing on the future glory too much? Is it possible to spend so much energy looking to the future that we underestimate the present power of Christ? These questions are suggested in this powerful sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Some evangelical Christians are capable of forgetting the current rule of Christ. Forgetting that the Son of God is at the right hand of God, in honor and authority, can cause our hearts to become anxious about our present conditions. We forget that God the Father has already handed over all authority over the entire cosmos and he is unfolding history. We must balance our anticipation of Christ’s visible rule with his current invisible reign. There is great assurance for the church, as well, when we contemplate Christ’s current rule over the cosmos. We are reminded that the Father gave over all things to Christ for the church. Therefore, what is true of Christ now is true of His church now. There is no need to vie for a position of honor, the church has that through our union with Christ. Listen as Lloyd-Jones brings together many important themes of Christian doctrine in order to encourage the saints.