Submission in the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:21
submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)
The life of the Christian is Spirit-filled and Spirit guided. This encouraging reality is celebrated as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts us from Ephesians 5:21 not to live like the world because of this inward transformation that gives us new desires and new dispositions. This means that all Christians are to relate to one another as a new people who have been transformed and brought together in the Gospel to make a new community of like-minded individuals. No Christian is to seek their own good first as one who is self-centered and worldly, but all are to seek the good of the brothers and sisters in Christ above their own. When Christians see themselves in this new kind of community, they begin to see relationships differently. For Christians, this is the new way of understanding how they are to interact with one another and how relationships are to be viewed. Christians relate to believers in a spiritual way as fellow heirs of the Gospel and salvation. They are to love one another as God loved them in Christ, and they are to submit to one another in love and respect. This is not a support of the so-called ecumenical movement, but it speaks to everyday Christians who are seeking to faithfully live out the Gospel in their day to day life.
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.