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From Darkness to Light

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 5:14

for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” (ESV)

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In this passage from Ephesians 5:14, Paul is calling for us to awaken from our sleep and to let Christ give us his light. What does this mean? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches this sermon as a beautiful reminder of what the Gospel does and the power it possesses. This passage is a summary of the Gospel and of what the Gospel does in the lives of those it changes. It illuminates and brings light. Additionally, it also summarizes what Christians are to do— they are to shine as the light of the Gospel. According to Scripture, unbelievers are asleep and dead to the truth about them— their souls, where they will spend eternity if they do not repent of their sins and believe in Jesus, and more. They are in grave danger! The Gospel convicts people of their need for a Savior, and it also converts people, waking them up and saving them. Finally, it also enlightens them so that they follow the Lord. We who have been saved are called to be a light in the dark world so that the power of the Gospel can shine through us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of the responsibility we have in following the Lord and representing Him to the world.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 5:14, New American Standard Bible

14For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:14, King James Version

14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

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.