The Kingdom of Christ and God
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:5Read more
“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.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 5:5, New American Standard Bible
5For this you know with certainty, that no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, which amounts to an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Ephesians 5:5, King James Version
5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
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.