A Sermon on Ephesians 2:19Read more
What makes people unified? Is it the way they act? The same interest? According to Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, “Nothing else can bring men together truly but this—this gospel.” In Ephesians, Paul is addressing the reality that both Jew and Gentile were side by side in standing before God through Jesus. This reality would have been mind blowing to the readers of Ephesians. No “righteousness” that Jews had would earn right standing before God, and no lack of religious heritage for the Gentile would hinder salvation through Christ. Their righteousness was as filthy rags before God, and we are on the same plane as them (Isaiah 64:6). We all are sinner absolutely helpless before God. However, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes, Christians are one with those who are agreed upon the cross, know Jesus Christ, and share Christ’s righteousness. Also, Christians are one because they are brought to one Father by one Spirit (Eph. 2:18). Dr. Lloyd-Jones also notes that all who are in Christ are fighting the same battle. We all have the same struggles and are able to carry each other’s burdens as we journey through this life; and we are also comforted by one savior. Though living this life may be challenging, we are marching towards one eternal hope.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:19, New American Standard Bible
19So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
Ephesians 2:19, King James Version
19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
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.