The Fruit of Light
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:9-10
(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)
We are called to walk in the light of the Lord, but what is this light? How is it manifested? What is the difference between a good, moral person and someone who is a Christian? First, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, he has a knowledge of the Lord that he lacked before— he now has a knowledge and understanding of spiritual truth. A Christian is one who knows God intimately, beyond mere intellectual assent to the truth of His existence. He also now has a heart that desires to know God more and follow his commands. He desires holiness. Next, this light is manifested in his will— rather than works of darkness, his life exhibits the fruits of righteousness. With Ephesians 5:9-10, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out a key fact about the difference between “works” and “fruit.” Fruit signifies growth, and it signifies that it is occurring naturally. Thus, Paul is writing that a believer will have a desire to please the Lord flowing out of him naturally because Christ is life! Fruit is the expression of that which we are rooted in, as a believer is rooted in Christ. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates the importance this can have for our own walks, and why it is such a tragedy that the church is often filled with more works than it is with fruit.