Peace With God
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:17
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. (ESV)
What some describe as loneliness is actually a lack of peace with God. It is a worldwide problem that often goes undiagnosed and is the most pervasive disease on the planet. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains Paul's words to the Ephesian church in Ephesians 2:17, most primarily focusing on the necessity of peace with God. An important emphasis the Doctor makes is that Christ now preaches through the apostles what he was preaching in His own ministry: Jews and Gentiles alike are sinners and need peace with God. Jews in the New Testament made the fatal moralistic mistake of equating knowledge with obedience. Likewise, Gentiles fell short in that they chose to disobey the Lord in their own sinful lifestyles. Lloyd-Jones uses vivid imagery to help listeners understand the reality of mankind's natural state of turmoil with God. He illustrates that the ocean is being pulled upon both by magnetic forces from the moon, and gravitational pull from the earth. This, in turn, causes massive turmoil and unrest in the ocean. This is what mankind's natural state is! He is not at rest; he is at war with God. Lloyd-Jones ends his sermon on an encouraging note: humans bear many burdens they need not bear simply because they have not brought them before the Lord. Listen in as The Doctor helps us understand peace with God.