When Not to Pray; but to Act
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:22-24
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)
It's a fact of the Christian life, we will always fight sin and temptation. With Ephesians 4:22-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights this spiritual battle as we put off the old man and all his ways. Christ commands us to flee sin and the devil as we pursue a life that is consistent with who we are as children of God, benefactors of Christ and his work. This putting off of the old man and pursuit of Christ is not something that Christians do passively, but are commanded to do actively. Simply praying about sanctification, but never acting in pursuit of holiness, lands believers in a bad state. They do not take account of the many commands that God’s Word gives us. Nor do they see that as Christians we are able to flee temptation and flee sin. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues, all Christians are called and able to obey God, growing in sanctification. For in the power of the Spirit all Christians are to fight against the old man. They are to wage war against all ungodliness and worldliness that still dwells in them. This is done by consistently seeking to put off the flesh and put on the spirit of righteousness. For God who has called us to salvation also calls us to pursue holiness and sanctification.
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.