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Worthy of Our Calling

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Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-3

Unity in the Body of Christ

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV)

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The Christian life is not to be lived in a purely intellectual way, nor is it to be lived in a way that forgets about doctrine. The Christian life is to be lived worthy of the calling to which we have been called. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives clarity to how we are to walk worthy, and the calling to which we have been called. Lloyd-Jones begins by giving two definitions for the word worthy. First, is simply to have equal weight. As Christians the way that we walk worthy is by placing equal emphasis on both doctrine and practice. The second definition is becoming, or proper. It is proper to wear matching clothes. In the same way, it is proper for our life to match our doctrine. Doctrine must come first as the foundational garment, and the life comes second as the adorning garment. The second word Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses on is calling. God has called us with an effectual call, and through this call he has saved us to himself. He has called us to be holy, to be a royal priesthood, to be his sons and daughters, to be co-heirs of Christ’s inheritance, and so much more. Because of this calling we are to walk in a manner that is worthy and pleasing to God.


Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 4:1-3, New American Standard Bible

Unity of the Spirit

1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3, King James Version

1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


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.