The Minister - Task and Calling
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:7-8
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (ESV)
The unsearchable treasures of Christ. Do you know what they are? Do you desire them more and more each day? Here in Ephesians 3:7-8 Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones lays out the calling and job of the Minister as addressed here by Paul. The Minister is called and appointed by God alone. He is called to preach the unsearchable treasures of Christ, that is Christ himself. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes on to show that the treasures of Christ are for all believers. In Christ we find all that we need. And what is it that we need? We need wisdom, knowledge, understanding – where do we find this? In Christ. When we have understanding and realize our sin how can we possibly approach the God we know we need, but also know is Holy? We can approach Him only in Christ. Christ himself clothes us with His righteousness. How can we continue our lives with God when we are faced with sin and evil every day? Through sanctification in Christ. Christ is sanctifying us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Lloyd-Jones ends with an encouragement – knowing the unsearchable treasures of Christ, that is, knowing Christ, is the greatest treasure that we have. It is a great privilege and responsibility to take that treasure and show it to the unbelieving world. Do you treasure Christ today?