Common and Special Grace
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)
Man is in a helpless state of sin and depravity as a result of the fall. He is fallen and wholly unable to save himself. The answer to this great problem as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, is the grace of God. For in God’s love he has not left the world alone in its wickedness and depravity. He has provided a means of salvation in Jesus Christ as the only escape from sin. He has also provided common grace to restrain the sinful actions of men and nations. One of the most prominent forms of common grace is the institution of government. While government does not save the souls of men, it nevertheless restrains their sinful desires and actions. But it is only by the saving power of the special grace of God that hearts and minds are renewed and turned to the light. Outward confirmation of the Law of God can never bring salvation and true life. Listen is as Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 6:10-13 and exposes the lie of false religions and teachers who replace the grace of God with human works. But in the Gospel, there is true life in Christ Jesus. This is the only hope that God has given the world, and it is the only hope that the church can proclaim to sinners and fallen men.
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.