Of the Household of God
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:19
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (ESV)
How would your life change if you knew that, not only were you a citizen of a country, but you were a son of the king? This question is posed in a much deeper way by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his exposition of Ephesians 2:19. In The Doctor’s continued sermon series on Ephesians 2:19 he plunges further into the depths of the Christians’ positions and privilege. First, Paul uses the metaphor of a kingdom; second, the family; and third, the temple of God. Lloyd-Jones takes particular note of the direction of the first two—they get deeper. Being part of the kingdom entails unity as a people, along with the rights and privileges of being under the King. Being part of the household of God entails the intimacy and depth of relationship with God. The second is much deeper than the first. By way of application, The Doctor points out that understanding the familial relationship of the Church should promote deep relationships in the Church. Also, according to the Doctor, these two descriptors point to the bewildering facets of the love of God towards the Christian, but also demand the responsibility to represent God well. Ask yourself, am I living in a way that represents my Father well?
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.