Higher than Adam
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:5-6
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)
God is the Creator of everyone, but not everyone is in His family. Nineteenth and twentieth century liberalism emphasized the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man. This false teaching disregards the gospel's call to repentance and dismisses the wickedness of sin. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones confronts this wrong theology and continues to expose others that have harmed the Church. Another cancerous thought diagnosed is those who distinguish between “sons of God” and “children of God” and the benefits given to them. The former, according to this teaching, enjoy a much greater fellowship with God than the latter. Lloyd-Jones reminds us how important sound doctrine is for the Christian church. While providing a robust response to these errors, Lloyd-Jones encourages us to see the absolute privilege we have in Christ. He does so by contrasting Adam and the Christian. He notes that in Christ we have been given more than what was lost in Adam. The privilege of redemption includes forgiveness of sin, but also exaltation to sonship.