The Emptiness of the Christless Life
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)
There have been many great moral teachers and philosophies throughout the ages, but in the end, they are all insufficient to make people truly moral and transform society. With Ephesians 4:17-19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that this is because morality, as it is commonly understood, and godliness are often in conflict with one another. For morality, as found in Scripture, is not simply a list of what we should and should not do, but it is a way of living in light of who God is and who he has revealed himself to be. It is strictly revelation and not speculative. The modern world presents morality as the path of least resistance, relying wholly on the fallen reason of man. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns, this is why the world is unable to provide a meaningful answer to the deepest and most important questions in life. Morality and the nature of human life are only understood in light of God’s revelation as found in his Word to mankind. There we see who we are and what we must do to be saved. We see how we are to live as new creatures that have been redeemed in the blood of Christ Jesus, our Savior.