As a Reformed pastor deeply rooted in the theological heritage of the church, I found Calvin’s Sermons on Ephesians, published by Banner of Truth Trust, to be an invaluable resource that brings fresh insights to this epistle. Calvin’s exposition of the biblical text is a masterclass in exegesis and pastoral application. His timeless wisdom and theological depth resonate powerfully with the heart of Reformed theology.

In his sermon on Ephesians 1:4-5, Calvin delves into the doctrine of predestination, offering a thought-provoking perspective that reminds us of the sovereignty of God in salvation: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:4-5) Calvin’s elucidation on this passage challenges contemporary notions of free will and underlines the unmerited grace that lies at the core of God’s redemptive plan.

In another gem, Calvin’s sermon on Ephesians 2:8-9 exudes pastoral sensitivity as he emphasizes the foundational principle of salvation by grace through faith: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) His eloquent exposition encourages believers to rest in God’s unearned favor, steering them away from legalism and towards a more profound understanding of God’s love.

Calvin’s Sermons on Ephesians also demonstrates his keen ability to bridge the gap between doctrine and application. In his sermon on Ephesians 4:15-16, he states, “We must show kindness and gentleness if we desire to bring back those who have strayed.” (Ephesians 4:15-16) Here, Calvin’s words serve as a poignant reminder of our responsibility as ministers to nurture the body of Christ with love and patience, echoing the pastoral heart that should characterize Reformed ministry.

Throughout this collection of sermons, the Banner of Truth Trust’s careful preservation of Calvin’s original words is commendable, allowing readers to encounter the Reformer’s thought in its unadulterated form. As a Reformed pastor, I found myself deeply enriched by Calvin’s insights, and I am confident that this volume will prove to be a treasure trove for fellow ministers, seminary students, and any believer hungry for a deeper understanding of Ephesians.

In conclusion, Calvin’s Sermons on Ephesians, skillfully presented by Banner of Truth Trust, offers a profound exploration of this Pauline epistle from a Reformed perspective. The sermons are not merely historical artifacts but continue to hold relevance in illuminating the depths of God’s Word. This volume is a must-have for anyone seeking to engage with the theological richness of Ephesians through the eyes of a Reformed luminary.