The Book of 1 Corinthians
The crucifixion of the Son of God, who the Apostle Paul called the Lord of Glory, is the most profound paradox in human history. Because it is foolishness to those who are perishing and wisdom to those being saved, it automatically divides the world into two groups. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones elaborates on the mystery of the cross as he expounds on 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 in this cross-centered message. Listen as he explains why the cross divides humanity. Furthermore, the great twentieth century preacher elaborates on the many aspects of the mystery of the cross. The great divide the cross creates comes down to the hidden element in the cross and the necessity of divine illumination produced by the Holy Spirit. While the rulers, princes, authorities, and the natural man see only a failed prophet from Nazareth hung on a tree, revelation given by the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual eyes to see it is the God-man Jesus Christ dying for our sins in order to bring us to glory. Hear Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenge the people of God meditate, spend time on, and survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died!
What is the mission of the Church? Believers and unbelievers ask this question with some saying that the Church is to lobby governments. Others claim that the Church is to be a means of social change. But, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks the vital question, what does the Bible say? In this sermon he seeks to answer this question by looking at 1 Corinthians 2:2. Here we see the apostle preaching Christ and Him crucified. Paul is not merely advocating for external social change, nor is he looking to the greatest philosophers of the day for his answers. Paul's answer the question of the Church's mission is simple: proclaim Christ and Him crucified. This is the only message that saves men, not only from their sins, but from eternal damnation as the just punishment for man’s rebellion. For all human wisdom and culture stands under the judgment of God in Jesus Christ. All men are responsible for their actions before God almighty. All men stand condemned before the holy God. This is why the Church must proclaim Jesus Christ crucified. There is no other way of salvation. This sermon confronts us all with the simple question, do I believe in Jesus as my savior?
In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones explains three things about modern humanity that are worth noting. First, amidst all their problems, though baffled, the modern person will listen to any counsel but the Bible. Second, people today are hero worshippers, but have no interest in the greatest hero, Jesus Christ. Third, humanity is interested in great events, yet passes by the cross unconcerned by its magnitude. Through careful exegesis of a portion of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, Dr. Lloyd-Jones exposes that before people are converted to God’s fold, humanity’s primary issue is that he approaches the world wrongly. He thinks that by observation, science, and philosophy that he can answer the questions of life. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then reveals the splendor of the truth of God. God gives us the mind of Christ upon conversion and the Spirit that searches for the deep things of God. It is with this mind that we can become spiritually discerning, since it is given to us by the creator and inventor of these truths. The natural man does not understand the things of God and the world's eyes are darkened to these truths but if Christ is embraced, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, Christians must prepare to become “fools for Christ's sake.”
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Biblical authority lies at the center of evangelical identity. Without the authority of the Scriptures, the normative claims of the faith are severely undermined. While the authority of the Scriptures should be fought for, defended, and part of convictional orthodoxy, in this sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:4–5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds believers it is possible to hold to the authority of the Scriptures and yet have a dead, lifeless orthodoxy. It is only when the authority of the Holy Spirit is affirmed and applied that we see the Christian faith lived with power. In this message, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches in the hard truth that evangelical Christianity, in its concern over “enthusiastic” religion and emotionalism, responded negatively by down-playing the importance of the Holy Spirit’s power. Instead of searching for the God-given means of power for evangelism and cultural impact, the church sought it in education, social reform, advertising, and other dignified or respectable means. Dr. Lloyd-Jones questions if Christians are guilty of quenching the Spirit through such action. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones also surveys the Scriptures, noting the authority of the Spirit in the believer’s conversion, assurance, Scriptural illumination, apologetic, and evangelism. Listen as he makes a compelling case to reassert the authority of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.
How can man know God? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how this seemingly simple question has immense significance for your life in this sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. If God cannot be known, how can anyone understand the Gospel and be saved? Thankfully, God has revealed Himself to man! We do not have to discover God through science or philosophy, but God made Himself known in Scripture and in Jesus Christ. In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows our great need for forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Science cannot give us this knowledge because it only tells us about this world. Christians then have nothing to fear from modern man and his claims of intellectual superiority, because true knowledge of God is a gift through His Word, not simply another truth to be discovered. The story of Nicodemus illustrates this well. Our Lord Jesus says that it is the Spirit that shows us God. It is a supernatural act of God that allows fallen sinners to come to a knowledge of a holy God. Do you know God? There is no more important truth than the Gospel of salvation from sins.