The Fullness Experienced
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)
The fullness of Christ that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 3:19 is not a theoretical idea, but as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, it is at the very heart of the Christian life. For all Christians should live a life that is marked by the transforming presence of Christ and his Gospel. Christians live this life by pursuing Christ and seeking to come to a deeper understanding of who he is. It requires self examination of one’s heart and actions. It is primarily by reading God’s Word and seeking him in prayer that believers come to a greater knowledge of who they are and their relationship to Christ. This requires Christians to subject themselves wholly and completely to God’s Word and Holy Spirit. This includes their emotions and desires, as well as their mind and intellect. As this happens throughout the lives of Christians, they grow in both their knowledge and love of God and Jesus Christ. For this reason, Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges us to grow in sanctification daily by taking up one’s cross and forsaking sin and unrighteousness. This is one of the most important marks of a true Christian. They continually seek God throughout their lives and strive to know him more every day.
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.