Life Without God
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-3
By Grace Through Faith
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (ESV)
Without God, there is no hope, no peace and no relief from the guilt and stain of sin! In this sermon from Ephesians 2:1-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones thoroughly explains the pervasiveness of the state of sinfulness derived from the absence of God's presence in our lives. The only remedy, the Doctor explains, is the exceeding greatness of God's power toward His believers. Christians will only understand how significant God's grace is when we realize the depths from which God saved us and the heights to which He has raised us. Only then can Christians truly be thankful for Christ's intervention on our behalf. This sermon is unique in that Lloyd-Jones shares a personal example of his unbelieving state before Christ. He shares that he used to be consumed with the lust of the flesh in that he desired to debate and sound clever in front of his peers. While preparing this sermon, the Doctor shares that he felt an immense hatred for himself and his previous state of existence. This personal story exemplifies the principle Lloyd-Jones began the sermon with: understanding the depravity of believers' previous state and contrasting it with God's immensely merciful treatment of our souls is the only way Christians can understand true grace.Without Jesus, people are doomed to perish while pursuing the flesh. With Him, people will be raised to life with God forever.