Hearing and Learning Christ
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:20-21Read more
Those who try to separate the call of the Gospel from the call to be holy make a great error, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. From Ephesians, he argues that the Bible presents the life of faith as a pursuit of holiness and righteousness that comes out of the new man through the Holy Spirit. We ought not separate belief in the Gospel from living out the call of God in our lives to be imitators of Christ and to obey all that he commands. Preachers who misunderstand the connection between holiness and belief in the Gospel often confuse those that they seek to evangelize by presenting the Christian life as compartmentalized. However, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out, even the pursuit of holiness in the life of the Christian is ultimately a result of what God has done in and through his Son Jesus Christ. Christians can easily fall into legalism when they disconnect the sovereign act of salvation from everyday Christian life. We must avoid dualisms knowing that Christ made us a new people by his death and resurrection. Therefore we respond in love and obedience, not as a way to gain favor with God, but because Christ has already done so for us.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 4:20-21, New American Standard Bible
20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
Ephesians 4:20-21, King James Version
20But ye have not so learned Christ; 21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
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.