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Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 1:5

he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (ESV)

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We are adopted by God! He choose us! With careful attention to the details of Paul’s letters, Dr. Marytn Lloyd-Jones explores the purpose of salvation and the implications of being adopted into God's family. To grasp the significance of this doctrine, we learn that the term adoption emphasizes the standing and rank of the chosen child. Adoption and regeneration are not the same though. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that regeneration address the Christian's nature, whereas adoption is about the legal standing of the child. Adoption is the highest expression of God’s love towards us! It is the love of a father for his child, the love of God for His creation. As children of God, we must live holy in keeping with our identity. The privileges of God’s household are found throughout Paul’s letters. We are His sons and daughters and as the Scriptures say, we are heirs with Christ.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 1:5, New American Standard Bible

5He predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Ephesians 1:5, King James Version

5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

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.