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The Only Authority

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)

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Modern teaching says what a man believes matters little if he lives a good life. This attitude is the exact opposite of the exhortation from the apostle Paul to “put on” truth in Ephesians 6:14. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly proclaims that putting on truth will put us at odds with the world. Doctrine will divide while the world will fight to put unity above truth. Paul said we must hold on to truth, for without it we are already spiritually defeated. The great question today is the question of authority. Modern authority is human reason based upon modern knowledge. But that is inadequate. Our minds are too finite to be trusted as ultimate authority. Authority cannot be feelings, either, because they are so variable and unreliable. It also cannot be the pragmatic test of what makes us feel better or live better. That is entirely subjective. Authority cannot be reason or feeling. We must preach the Gospel faithfully to warn people and to bring them to the knowledge of truth as it is in Christ Jesus.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:14, New American Standard Bible

14Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Ephesians 6:14, King James Version

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

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.