Dr Stuart Olyott has for many years, been a great blessing to Christians in the UK. His work amongst the churches in Wales, his preaching and conference speaking in the rest of the UK has been of the highest order. So too has his writing.Â In preparation for my first sermon series at Geneva OPC (early in the New Year), I have been reading his work on the Epistle to the Ephesians entitled Alive in Christ.
Dr Olyott is known for his clarity of thought and expression, both in his writing and preaching. He is able to express complex theological concepts in a simple, accessible and often a powerful manner. Simplicity of expression is often mistaken for shallowness of subject matter, but not so with Dr Olyott. Here is some of his commentary on Ephesians as he deals with the idea of being “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph 1:6)
“We have been in a far country, but he has been waiting for us. When we turn to him, he runs to meet us even when we are still a great way off. He throws his arms around us and treats us as dear children. He never hesitates. We approach him with tears, but find that his home is a house of joy. How is it that the just and holy God can give us such a reception? It is because his eternal Son has never disappointed him in any way, and he sees us being in him. He accepts us for Christ’s sake. In our unholiest moments, in the depths of our backsliding, even then the righteousness of Christ is reckoned to our account, and the Father sees us as having no faults. There is no cloud between us and our God, not ever.”