The Glory of God
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:6Read more
Forgiveness of sin is the heart of our redemption in Christ. But that is different than saying God’s primary motivation for redemption is forgiveness of sin. This, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is to place the human being at the center of salvation rather than God. Instead, the glory of God is the great motive that led God to plan and purpose redemption in Christ. As Christians we are often lethargic about our salvation. But Paul says we are redeemed to praise Him. Why should Advent illicit praise to God? Chiefly, because in the coming of Christ we see the revelation of God's glory. Although the glory of God is difficult to define, the term implies God’s beauty, majesty, splendor, greatness, might and eternity. Lloyd-Jones walks through various passages in order to demonstrate how this theme runs throughout Scripture (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 40:34-37; Isaiah 6; Luke 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:6). Placing the glory of God at the front of our minds will have great effects in our evangelism ministry. By emphasizing the glory of God in our proclamation of the gospel we shall be much more apostolic in our method. While God is about His glory, the highest manifestation of that glory is found in the salvation of sinners. The church is, indeed, highly favored.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:6, New American Standard Bible
6to the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He favored us in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:6, King James Version
6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
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.