The Kingdom of Christ and God
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:5
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (ESV)
“All believers are called to be saints,” states Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This principle is well-supported from Scripture, yet there are some who teach that only a select few Christians should be recognized as saints. This is a key point because it recognizes the work of God in the lives of all who believe in him, not just a select few. Have you ever wondered what the goal of your salvation is? Dr. Lloyd-Jones, from Ephesians 5:5, demonstrates that it is to make us holy, not happy. Though happiness is a byproduct, it is not the main goal. This, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, differentiates Christianity from cults. We see many people today who profess to be believers but are selling a Christianity that makes people wealthy and happy, the complete opposite of Jesus’ promise that his followers are called to obedience and would sometimes even suffer for his sake! The Kingdom of Christ and of God are the same, which means that true believers will follow the commands of Christ. Yet, some take this to mean that our salvation is brought about by our good works. Is this true? Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents the biblical case for why this view is unbiblical and helps us to understand that our salvation produces good works but does not derive from them.