Suffering - as Christ's Prisoner
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:1Read more
What is worth giving your life for? Is there even something worth it? These, and more, are questions that concern the depth of our existence. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones contends, Paul is giving us the answer—Jesus is worth it. After 27 sermons on Ephesians 2, Dr. Lloyd-Jones turns his attention to the Ephesians 3:1, and addresses the question of suffering. First, he notes, Paul was concerned because he knew his suffering would trouble the Ephesians. Why would they be troubled? Because suffering is confusing. However, he also gives the Ephesians the principles by which to process his suffering and theirs. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, Paul examined his situation in light of the Gospel, Jesus, and his salvation, and came to several pivotal conclusions. First, suffering is worth rejoicing in. He knows that he is following in the footsteps of Christ. Also, Paul states that he is “Christ’s prisoner,” implying that he is suffering on behalf of Jesus. He was there because he preached the Gospel, and specifically, he preached it to the Gentiles. Also, interestingly, Paul argues that his suffering should be an encouragement to the Ephesians (verse 13). Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that Paul said this because he knew that his suffering would encourage them as to the truthfulness of the Gospel.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 3:1, New American Standard Bible
1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
Ephesians 3:1, King James Version
1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
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.