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Sermon #4040

The Wrath of God

A Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-3


Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV KJV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of …

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Sermon Description

The apostle Paul tells that all are in sin and ruled by sin. Apart from the gospel all are dead in their sins and trespasses. In this sermon on Ephesians 2:1–3 titled “The Wrath of God,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that the judgement of God is the only answer for the children of wrath. It is vital to understand the wrath of God in order to understand both the grace and love of God. One can only understand Christ, His life, and His death if they see the great problem of their sin and God’s wrath. This wrath is the manifestation of God’s just indignation and this just judgment of sin can be seen from Genesis to Revelation as the plan and story of redemption unfolds. In God’s love He provided hope for sinful and fallen people. By sending His Son to die for sinners who deserved nothing but condemnation and judgement, He provides a way of salvation and justification for His enemies. This is the glory of the gospel: it is adoption and justification for those who deserve nothing but judgment. It is the adoption of God’s enemies as children and inheritors through the work of Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon focuses on Ephesians 2:1-3, specifically verse 3 which states "among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

  2. The sermon outlines why it is important to study this doctrine. Reasons include: it is in Scripture, it is a question of fact, it helps us understand God's love, it helps us understand why Christ had to come, and it is essential for evangelism.

  3. The sermon discusses what it means to be "under the wrath of God." It means we are deserving of God's punishment for sin if we do not believe in Christ. This is taught throughout Scripture, including in John 3:36.

  4. The sermon argues that we are all under the wrath of God by nature, meaning from birth, according to Ephesians 2:3. This is further explained in Romans 5:12-19. We are born with Adam's sin imputed to us.

  5. Infants die because of Adam's sin being imputed to them, even though they have not committed deliberate acts of sin themselves (Romans 5:14). We are born condemned in Adam just as believers are redeemed in Christ.

  6. Though this doctrine is difficult to understand, we must accept it because it is taught in Scripture. We must not reject parts of Scripture simply because we do not fully understand them.

  7. Despite deserving God's wrath, God has provided salvation through faith in Christ. This demonstrates the depth of God's love and mercy.

The Book of Ephesians

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.