No Longer Strangers
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:19Read more
It is extremely important to be a citizen of the country that you are dwelling in during wartime. Will you not be suspected of evil if you are from a foreign nation and proven to not have citizenship? How much more important to know if you are a citizen of heaven if Jesus is going to come back and test you? In Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s sermon on Ephesians 2:19 (Part 2), he addresses the reality that Christians are citizens of the kingdom of God and “no longer strangers.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that the imagery used by Paul (“strangers” and “foreigners”) to describe the past tense for the Christian implies several things. Before salvation, they were around the people of God, and may have even seemed to be a citizen of the kingdom, but in reality were not. Many, he concludes, are in the same predicament in the church. They are around the people of God, but have no true understanding of the things of God. They may be able to have deep philosophical or theological conversations, but when true religious experience is discussed they feel awkward. Therefore, before one seeks to understand what it means to be a citizen, it is important to come to the understanding of your status as citizen or foreigner.
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.