The Minister - Task and Calling
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:7-8Read more
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?
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 3:7-8, New American Standard Bible
7of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
Ephesians 3:7-8, King James Version
7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
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.