Knowing the Love of Christ
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)
Preaching from Ephesians 3:18-19, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that there are two wrong ways to think about love. One is to see love as purely intellectual and mental. The other is to see love as nothing more than emotional feelings. He says that the biblical view of love, as found in the New Testament, is a much richer expression than either of these false views. Love causes one to seek to understand it and apprehend it. It prompts the hearts of those who have been touched by it to respond in joy and love. This particularly is the case with the love we see in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The love of God in Christ transforms us and renews all who believe in the Gospel. We find testament to this experience in the lives of saints and faithful believers all throughout the history of the church. There we see many uneducated, ordinary Christians who came to know the love of God and the Gospel in a deep and personal way. These were not great theologians and preachers, but everyday Christians. This should prompt us to abandon all views of spiritual superiority and see that this great knowledge and experience of love is available to all of God’s children.
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.