A Sermon on Ephesians 3:18-19
may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV)
Are you working to grow closer to Christ? Are you taking time to be with Him in prayer and in His Word? Or is your relationship with Him mostly intellectual? In this sermon from Ephesians 3:18-19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains why it is so important that we not only know the right things about God but also apply them to our lives. Many believers are like people who have been left a great fortune but do not realize it. God tells us to apply our knowledge of Him to our lives, and part of this is not quenching the Spirit. Especially in today’s rationalistic culture, Christians are so wary of excess of emotion and the pitfalls it can bring in their relationship with the Lord that they cut themselves off to the depth of the knowledge of God that Paul writes about. The Doctor reminds us that this fear of an excess that is controllable and avoidable on our part is no reason to go to the extreme and leave no room for knowing God intimately in this way! Paul was adamant in proclaiming how much joy we can have by knowing the Spirit intimately, and Lloyd-Jones gives several examples to demonstrate that those who have been busiest for the Lord are those who knew Him intimately like a friend.