Acceptable Unto the Lord
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:8-10
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (ESV)
How can we know if we are in the faith? In this sermon focused on Ephesians 5:8-10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides one such test that we can measure our lives up against to see if we have been made new by Christ. The test that we must apply to our lives is this: are we bearing fruit? What is this fruit? Paul writes that it is all forms of goodness, righteousness, and truth. But how are these different from each other? Goodness, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, is one of the characteristics of God. It means “benevolence,” and it hits at an understanding of balance and desire for the happiness of others. The next form listed is righteousness, and on the surface it might seem that it means the same as goodness. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that it carries a legal concept with it— it means that someone is right and just. Paul is saying that a believer’s life should be characterized by these principles. A Christian knows what he is doing and why he is doing it. Finally, what is truth? It is the light that illustrates and makes manifest. Those who have been saved by Christ are called to be his witness to the world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that, in seeking these traits, our goal should never be to reach this in and of themselves, but rather in order to please the Lord. This is what sets Christian men apart from good men.