The Book of 1 Corinthians
The world celebrates the power of humanity. Human achievement gains the highest order of praise. From the cities we build to the industry we create, our inventions and achievements are truly remarkable. No one can deny the wonders of the human mind. In spite of our progress, however, humans are left powerless. As a matter of fact, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out, human progress highlights our inability to solve our main problem. Wars increase. Corruption is woven into our institutions. Violence does not cease. While man can build a civilization, the facts do not show that man has any real power. What we need is the power of God. Listen in, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims the power of God unto salvation. What humanity needs is regeneration, a new life. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, he displays God’s purpose to save us from our corruption, and to make us children of God. This happens as the Holy Spirit works in a man and causes him to see and know God. Christianity is not just a better life––it is God working out His purpose in us. He produces a rebirth in the Christian as the mind and intellect is renewed. The believer desires things he has never before desired. The New Man’s greatest desire is to know God.
Who is Jesus? Many say that Jesus was merely a good teacher. He was, indeed a teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived. But, He is more. Christ did not merely come to teach, for teaching cannot conquer sin. Law cannot change a man. Jesus came to change lives. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, that Christians “once were” something else, but they have been transformed. The Christian is a new man, no longer under the power and sway of the devil. The wicked one cannot touch him. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this is not achieved through Jesus’ gift of teaching, but it is achieved through Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit emancipates the new believer by giving him knowledge of, and a taste for, Christ. The believer has new affections and desires. Jesus, therefore, is seen in our weakness, in our failure, in our hopelessness, and in our despair. We must go to Him, just as we are, and find new life. We need more than His teaching; we need Him. Indeed, Jesus is more than a teacher. He is more than a law-giver. Jesus is the Savior who will never leave us nor forsake us.
Many today believe that society has progressed beyond our need for the Bible. Through education, culture, art, and sophistication, they believe that humanity has found hope beyond the brokenness. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that the Bible deals with real life. The sins of today are no different than the sins of ancient Corinth. Today, sin has been normalized. What the Bible calls wicked, the modern world justifies. Fornication is excused. Adultery is condoned, in some situations. Homosexuality has been declared “right.” Lying is tolerated. Everything is considered relative. Some believe moral teaching is our hope. Jesus did not merely come to give exhortations. Others believe training is our hope. No amount of education can correct the human heart. Our hope is not in our ability, cleverness, or wealth. Studying 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines the problem of sin and its remedy. Humans are unrighteous by nature and what matters is righteousness. Do not be deceived. The need for humanity is to be washed, sanctified, and justified. This is the timeless message of Christianity. Jesus has come to save us from sin. He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification. Do you know Him? Are you washed, cleansed, and renewed by Him?
Believing we need no Savior is the greatest idol of all: to be self-satisfied. The Bible declares that there are none who are righteous, not even one. As one faces the holiness of God, one finds himself unsatisfied and deeply in need of change. Where, in this chaotic world, do sinners find hope? In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides real hope. Too often, Christians focus on curing the symptoms of sin, but ignore the disease. They view Jesus as a helper, a mere counselor. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that the hope of the Corinthian Christians was much more: they were washed. These early believers were sick with sin. The Gospel did not merely treat symptoms; the Gospel addressed the whole man. The Gospel dealt with the disease. They were washed and changed. We, too, are sick with sin and need to be washed, sanctified, and set apart. Listen in as Dr. Lloyd-Jones not only exposes sin, but points the listener to the power provided in Jesus’ name. Through the power of the Gospel, you too may be changed. Christians were once dead in their sins, but they have been washed clean.