Darkness and Light
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:17-19
The New Life
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. (ESV)
The greatest hindrance to belief in the Gospel does not arise from man’s intellect, but from his heart that has been darkened by sin. With Ephesians 4:17-19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to heed the warning of Christ that all men in their natural state are alienated from God and unable to pursue what is good and right. This is because the effects of the fall extend to every aspect of man. It corrupts his mind, hardens his heart, and distorts his will. Despite his fallen state, men still place great worth and confidence in their ability to reason and know morality. This is evident in the many great philosophers of the ancient world who after all their learning and knowledge were still never able to come to true knowledge of God. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches, this shows that what man needs is not simply more knowledge, but a new heart and mind that is freed from the mastery of sin and its domination. However, freedom from sin comes only through the Gospel of grace and the sovereign working of the Holy Spirit. This is why it is so important to pray that God would work in hearts and minds of others to reveal himself to them and give them a true understanding of the Gospel of Jesus 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.