In the Beloved
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)
How great is the love we receive from both God the Father and God the Son! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones considers the measure of this love and its central theme found in Christ who is called the “Beloved”. Lloyd-Jones traces this title throughout the Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry as well as its relation to the doctrine of eternal generation of the Son. Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to see the significance of the incarnation and virgin birth by remembering who Jesus Christ is: the Beloved, eternal Son of God. The incarnation is quite unimaginable as God the Father watches his Beloved Son suffer so that we might be forgiven of sin. The love of God is on display as the Son empties himself by taking on human flesh. The ultimate height of our salvation is that God loves us as he loves the Son, because we are united with the Beloved. The Christian is called beloved which reveals an intimacy surpassing anything we can possibly imagine.