Attacks on Assurance (1)
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13
The Whole Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (ESV)
Do you struggle with assurance of your salvation? Do you feel tormented by past sins or disbelieve that you could truly be saved? In this sermon focused on Ephesians 6:10-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones diagnoses the real cause of our struggles with assurance. Often times, he tells us, the devil causes us to question whether anyone can be sure of their salvation or he makes us feel presumptuous to be so certain of our salvation. The truth is, only the devil makes us look back at sin—Christ makes us look back to his work on the cross. That is what we must place our confidence in. God commands us to be certain of our salvation and to know the truth that we are saved in 1 John 5. Do not be so busied with the state of your spiritual health that you make yourself ill. Lay hold of the promise of salvation and rest in Christ!
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.