Things that are Gods
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:5-9
Bondservants and Masters
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. (ESV)
Many Christians see Christianity simply as a way to change the world through politics and social work. They insist that the role of the Church is pronounce a judgment on every current world event. However, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits Ephesians 6:5-9 showing us that while the Church should have much to say on current events, its primary responsibility is the proclamation of God’s Word. It is only there that the deepest and most central problems in the world are addressed. Everything else is just symptomatic of man’s fallen and sinful nature according to the Bible. This is why the Gospel is so important, it alone addresses man’s relationship to sin and to God, it alone gives the answer in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, when the church moves away from the Gospel as the central message and heart of Christianity, it soon becomes like every other human institution and society. But when the church proclaims Scripture as God’s revelation to sinners and the hope of salvation that is contained within, it brings a new message, wholly different from any other that the world has to offer. For it proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the hope for all sinners who will repent and believe.