The Mystery of His Will
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:8-9Read more
Can man discover the mysteries of God? Does God hide His will from mankind? As the apostle Paul expands his teaching on God’s grace, he moves from election and predestination to “mystery." This mystery, warns Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is no incomprehensible mystery as taught in the ancient religions, reserved only for a select few. Nor is it a vague teaching, antithetical to propositional truth as many contemporary Christian movements want to make it. Instead biblical mystery is something hidden from natural man, yet God has fully revealed it. It is an open secret which sinful humanity cannot see. It is a truth that God must reveal to individuals. This has great implications for evangelism. The gospel is comprehensible to anyone, no matter their intellect, as long as God reveals it to them. Lloyd-Jones insists that this is the work of the Holy Spirit; he opens the eyes of men and women to the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. Faith is not opposed to reason, but reason alone cannot bring someone to God. The mind of a man, at its best, is irrelevant; God must bring them to this truth. We desperately need His grace!
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:8-9, New American Standard Bible
8which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He set forth in Him,
Ephesians 1:8-9, King James Version
8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
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.