Privileges and Responsibilities
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)
Many people vie for the opportunity to be a citizen of a great nation, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dives into the breathtaking reality that the Christians have a far greater privilege and responsibility as citizens of the Kingdom of God. In the Doctor’s continued exposition of Ephesians 2:19, he dives into the magnificent realities that entail being made a citizen of the Kingdom. First, God is actively pursuing the good of each and every member of the kingdom. As The Doctor wonderfully notes, “All the resources of the Godhead are for us.” Accordingly, we have been given all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, which find their pinnacle in our access to God Himself. While The Doctor acknowledges that he could spend forever discussing the blessings, he turns the sermon to discuss some of the responsibilities of the Christian. By way of illustration, if a man is in the army, he is going to be expected and required to live, look, and act a certain way, and it will be his greatest joy to do so. He wants to represent his King and kingdom well! How much greater is the weight of responsibility for the Christian. He was brought into the kingdom by the blood of his King.