Suffering - as Christs Prisoner
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:1
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— (ESV)
Are you rejoicing in your sufferings? Here in Ephesians 3:1 Dr. Lloyd-Jones lays out the elements of rejoicing in suffering in the example left by the Apostle Paul. The Doctor outlines the suffering for Christ’s sake found in this verse as well as verses 2 and 13 of this chapter. Looking to the example of Paul’s suffering here reminds the Ephesians and believers today that the message Paul was preaching was worth everything to him and is still worthy today. Paul was willing to joyfully face imprisonment and death for the sake of the gospel reaching the Jews and the Gentiles alike, which was the very reason for his imprisonment. Nothing was more precious to him than the message given to him by Christ. Paul’s suffering here in the book of Ephesians points to the gospel of Christ and its availability to both Jew and Gentile which was very controversial during that time. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages believers ask this question of themselves, to answer this question, and to begin to lay out the argument as Paul does here in Ephesians 3. Learn from Paul's example and face trials as he does here, rejoicing as a faithful prisoner of Christ.