Wednesday, April 1, 2015
It is to the extent that we grasp the truth of doctrine that the desire to be holy is created within us. If I really believe that while I was "dead in trespasses and sins" God quickened me, sent His Son into the world to die for me and for my sins that I might be saved from hell, and might be saved for heaven -- if I really believe that, I must say, "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all." It is logic, and it demands my soul, my life, my all. I cannot resist such logic -- I must! And so we work through all the great doctrines which the Apostle has been laying before us in the first three chapters [of Ephesians], and we remember that we are "no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God." If I believe that truth as I live my life in this world, I realize that I have no right to live to myself. "Therefore"! It is undeniable logic, an inevitable deduction. It is because I believe the doctrine that I want to be holy and I want to be more and more sanctified. "Be ye holy for I am holy," says the Lord (1 Peter 1:16).
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, p.21-22