'But God ...'
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:4Read more
As Christains, we are citizens of Heaven, yet remain in the world. The two powerful words that make this a reality are, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains in Ephesians 2:4, the words "But God." Without God's action in this world, we would have no hope for the future. Life, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us, cannot be understood unless we view it in light of God. How do we do this? Through the Bible; expository preaching teaches us what God says in His word. To be lights in this world, Christians are not simply to strive to solve social issues and wars, but to remind people of the true and only hope: salvation in Christ Jesus. Our hope is not to be placed in governments, people, programs or systems, but in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross. In addition, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches the importance of not simply preaching morality and its benefits. We are not to preach at people to be civil. We're to share the gospel and beg people to repent, and only then will they change. Christians can look forward to going to our true home in Heaven, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of truth for our voyage through this short life through this sermon.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 2:4, New American Standard Bible
4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Ephesians 2:4, King James Version
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
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.