A Sermon on Ephesians 4:6
one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)
God is Lord of all, but how does this bring his church to unity? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches about how these two things interact with each other. First off, as Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:6, there is one God— not everyone recognizes that, and this alone brings disunity of doctrine. Additionally, God is one. Similarly to the first one point, many don’t acknowledge this. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also reminds us that the end of our salvation is to bring us to God— it does not stop at Jesus. Through Jesus, we have access to God. What does it mean when Paul writes that God is the “father of all?” Many understand this to support a universal brotherhood of all people and a universal fatherhood of God, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us to understand that Paul means God is the father of all who believe in him. Finally, as Paul says, God is through all— He is sovereign over everything, including all the life of the church. Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues “We can’t contemplate all this as a church without being one.” Possessing a correct understanding of God and how he relates to his followers will breed unity because the end of all doctrine is to lead to the worship and knowledge of God.
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.