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The Church which is His Body

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Book of Ephesians

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)

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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 Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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.


Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 1:20-23, New American Standard Bible

20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and made Him head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:20-23, King James Version

20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.


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.