Imitators of God
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:1-2Read more
With so much input about how we are supposed to live our lives, how can we discern which way is correct? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from Scripture how Christians are supposed to live and why we are to follow these guidelines. In Ephesians 5:1-2, Paul says “we are to be imitators of God.” Christianity, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is more than just a moral code. Believers are never to obey simply because it is the normal “Christian” thing to do. Rather, we are to obey because we know what God has done for us and why God tells us to avoid certain things. The Lord, in his graciousness, did not leave us without reasons for obedience— instead, he tells us often in Scripture the reasons why we are better off obeying his instructions. Just as children are representatives of their families, so we who are God’s children act as representatives of him to the world. People should be able to look at us and see the Father because we should be striving to become like our heavenly Father in the same way that we often attempt to imitate our earthly parents.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 5:1-2, New American Standard Bible
Be Imitators of God
1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Ephesians 5:1-2, King James Version
1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
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.