An Habitation of God
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:20-22Read more
“If walls could talk” is a saying that we like to use to describe our longing to know what has taken place in a house. In reality, there are walls that talk. These walls are the walls of the temple of God, the Church. In his continued exposition of the analogies that are used for the Church, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comes to what he views as the deepest analogy of them all—a temple of God. According to Lloyd-Jones, this text from Ephesians 2:20-22 points to two themes—unity and privilege. Unity can be seen by the closeness and necessity of each brick of a building. Each brick can be different, but if one begins to take away bricks, the building will start to fall apart. The privilege of the church can be seen by the nearness to God. “God dwells within her,” and this is the greatest privilege. Also, this is a building being built by God, not by man—a vital building. Accordingly, he exhorts us to grab hold of the nature of the church, because a false view leads, and has lead, to issues in the church. Are we giving the impression to the world that we are a temple of God?
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:20-22, New American Standard Bible
20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:20-22, King James Version
20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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.