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Access to the Father

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 2:18

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (ESV)

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Do you struggle to understand the love of God? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the solution to our struggle is in Ephesians 2:18. It could be because we don’t understand that the three persons of the Trinity have acted in time, each to pursue our salvation. We must feel the weight of that truth. The Father planned salvation, the Son was sent by the Father to give of Himself to accomplish salvation, and the Holy Spirit has been sent by the Father and the Son to apply redemption. Also, this shows the wretchedness of sin. “Sin is a as great a problem as this: that it necessitated the three person of the trinity to deal with it.” However, having the enmity with God removed was not the ultimate reason, but God’s “objective” was to bring us to Himself. As Doctor Jones notes, this is the “Whole object and purpose of salvation.” He made us to enjoy Him and that is His end goal. Therefore, the question must be asked: “Do you enjoy God?” Do you enter into His presence? Do you go before Him with confidence because of what Jesus has done on your behalf? And do you come before Him by His Spirit?

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 2:18, New American Standard Bible

18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 2:18, King James Version

18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

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.