Unfruitful Works of Darkness
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:8-13
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. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, (ESV)
How do we know if we are born-again Christians? What are some ways we can test our lives to see if we have been saved? What are the manifestations of darkness? Why should we know them? In this sermon on Ephesians 5:8-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks us through a standard against which we can measure our lives, teaching that it is important to know these so that we can see whether or not we are producing the fruit that stems from being a follower of Christ and being changed by the Holy Spirit. The first manifestation is the mind— those who are in darkness are ignorant of God and the truth about themselves and the state of their souls. They deny that their sin is grievous enough to separate them from God, and they don’t see the need to submit their lives to the authority of Jesus Christ. Another manifestation is the will. Many people today are trying to make the world a better place— they see all the crime in the world and think that it will be fixed with more money or success. However, dealing with unrighteousness without addressing the underlying ungodliness will avail nothing: the foundational issue must be fixed in order to see change. This is what needs to be repaired in order for the world to be a better place.