Knowledge of the Truth
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:20-21
But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, (ESV)
Salvation is so only by repenting of sin and believing in Jesus Christ. In this crucial sermon on Ephesians 4:20-21, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones warns against those who reduce salvation to a mere intellectual ascent. For the Gospel is not dependent on the wisdom of men and their ability to comprehend it, for all men are born in sin and blindness, unable to see the truth or know God. But true Christianity, and true faith, are a result of what the Holy Spirit does in bringing dead men to life and making them new creations in our Savior Christ Jesus. Understanding true doctrine and godliness are a result of salvation, not the means of it. All who are truly saved have a growing knowledge of God, as his Word is absorbed by hearts freed from the blinding nature of sin. Those who know much about the Bible and about doctrine, but who have never been broken by their sin, are deceived and lost. They presume intellectual understanding is an acceptable substitute for confession of sin and faith in Christ. The church must always be wary of confusing these two kinds of knowledge. For many are self-deceived and lost because they have no real relationship with God, but are puffed up with knowledge.