The Inner Man
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:16
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (ESV)
How does God change our thinking? Here in Ephesians 3:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the profound importance of the transformed inner man. He begins by pointing out Paul’s manner of prayer for the Ephesians. Paul begins by praying for the spiritual needs of the Ephesians, and then goes on to pray for specific things that the Ephesians need. He does not pray that his own circumstances would be changed, nor that the circumstances of the Ephesians would be changed. Instead he focuses on spiritual need and specific needs. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then expresses the importance of the inner man, the heart, the center of the believer. For, if the center, the thinking, and the heart of a man is set right, then everything else will fall into place. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that it is not that when a man becomes a Christian suddenly everything in the world is set right. The world is fallen and sinful, consequently full of disease and tribulation of many kinds, so that cannot be. Rather, when a man becomes a Christian, he is being renewed daily in his inner man though his outer man is wasting away (2 Corinthians 4:16). The joy of the Lord is now his strength no matter the circumstance or the state of his outer man.