Christ's Way of Making Peace
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:15Read more
In Jesus Christ we see a new harmony formed, not along the lines of race, family, or country, but in the basis of membership in the family of God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims the words of Paul in Ephesians 2:15, saying all who believe are adopted into God’s family and become inheritors with Christ of the whole world. In this new people we see neither Jew nor Gentile, for the people of God are those who are the children of Abraham by nature of their faith in Christ and their adoption into God’s family. This is why division in the Church on the basis of age, race, and nationality are such a travesty. For the peace of God transcends all divisions and walls. This peace that Christ, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes, is one that makes fallen men and women righteous before God; it also puts them in a right relationship with one another as brothers and sisters in the family of God. This new relationship is the first fruits of what is to come in the New Creation that Christ will bring to completion when he returns in glory and judgment on the last day. The church should look to the peace that Christ has granted us in the Gospel as the greatest hope in the Christian life.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:15, New American Standard Bible
15by abolishing in His flesh the hostility, which is the Law composed of commandments expressed in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two one new person, in this way establishing peace;
Ephesians 2:15, King James Version
15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
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.