The Atoning Work of Christ
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:2
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (ESV)
Christians often talk about the atoning death of Christ when in conversation about spiritual things. It is often mentioned regarding its relation to our salvation. However, is it possible that it could mean even more? What is the impact it is supposed to have on the rest of our lives? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches from Ephesians 5:2 and instructs us on how this verse and Christ’s atonement apply to the lives of believers even after they are saved. The Scriptures are never satisfied with a mere general statement about the love of God— as this verse demonstrates, God’s love is specifically written about in the Bible because the specific acts of God demonstrate His love. A man’s conduct is determined by his doctrine. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us “as a man thinks, so is he.” Thus, our view of the doctrine of Christ’s atonement will have consequences for our walks as Christians. In Christ’s atonement, we gain a clear example of the love of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that the measure to which we understand God’s love will be the measure to which we show it to others. Paul specifically exhorts us to love others as Christ loved us, and Christ loved us completely and unconditionally. Thus, his death on our behalf has massive implications for how we live after we’re saved because if we truly understand what he has done for us, we will share his love in word and deed with others.