The Church which is His Body
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:20-23
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)
One of the most exalted ways the church is depicted in Scripture is through the metaphor of the Body of Christ. Not only is it an exalted picture of the church, but the church as the Body of Christ is one of the most intimate metaphors of the New Testament church. As Dr. Marytn Lloyd-Jones says in this sermon, the metaphor of the Body of Christ demonstrates the church is in union with Christ, Christ is the Head or source of the church, and Christ fills His body with life. Our understanding of the doctrine of the church would be severely handicapped if this picture were not in the Scriptures. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines this metaphor in great detail and with great passion. In this message you will hear the Doctor preach on our source of unity and holiness. Lloyd-Jones also challenges a popular view of sanctification which regards any working on the part of the believer as misguided. Listen as these themes are brought together in such a way as to challenge the members of Christ’s Body to remember our great source of power as we mortify sin and resist the devil.