Preparing for the Guest
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:19
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV)
How do we hear the voice of God and understand his mind? By reading his Word! As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims from Ephesians 3:19, this requires both prayer and study to come to a deeper knowledge of God and his Word. This should be part of a continual pursuit of God that marks the whole life of a Christian. But Christians must always avoid the temptation to fall into ritualistic practices of reading Scripture and praying as dead acts. Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to cultivate deep and abiding affections for God. Not as a way to gain favor with God, but born out of a heart of thankfulness and love for all that he is and all that he has done in Christ. Ultimately no one is able to seek and worship him rightfully without the saving work of Christ Jesus being applied by the saving power of the Holy Spirit. So, even in the believer’s pursuit of God, they only do so because of what God has already done for them by the grace of his Gospel. This should encourage believers to respond with nothing but gratitude and affection toward God for the great salvation and new heart that he has given us in Christ Jesus.