Keeping the Unity of the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:2-3Read more
Do you ever struggle to get along with a brother or sister in Christ? Conflict is an ongoing part of life today, just as it was for the church at Ephesus. This challenging message by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Paul's letter to the Ephesians and address how Believers can live in unity and peace. Rather than ignore sin or avoid confrontation, we must quickly exhort and forgive one another, guarding the unity of the Spirit, and guarding the fellowship of believers. This is supernatural unity that can only belong to those indwelt with the Spirit. Therefore, to not guard this unity is actually a grievance to the Holy Spirit. So how can we guard our Holy Spirit unity? Lloyd-Jones proclaims that being humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with one another are critical characteristics of believing relationships. We must do this because we love one another and we desire to guard our unity. Just as parents humbly serve and instruct their children with patience and gentleness, we must do the same thing with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This sermon will be a great encouragement to your personal fellowship with the church body.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 4:2-3, New American Standard Bible
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 4:2-3, King James Version
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.