The Book of Hebrews
How can we face, not only present difficult circumstances, but whatever future may come? When the world is filled with sorrow, and the future is filled with doubt, how should we live? In this sermon on Hebrews 11:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts the believer to live with confidence. The early believers were in much trouble, yet they triumphed in this world, gloriously living and dying with faith. It wasn’t the power of their faith in and of itself, but rather the power of the One in whom faith rests. This great hope in uncertain days can only be applied to the believer, for only the believer can be accepted by God. He is not ashamed of all those who trust in Jesus. He is building a city for them which lasts. He has promised to dwell and walk with them. God has received them. The believer, then, leaves the city of destruction and runs to that other country, the city with foundations. Listen to this sermon as Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listener to ask: “Is this true of me? Is God my God?” This is the only way to face the present, whatever future may come, knowing that God is not ashamed of you and is not ashamed of being called your God.
When the future is unknown, how should we live in the present? Anxiety about the future leads to time wasted, frantically attempting to discover the answer to “what will happen?” It leads to impatience. In this sermon on Hebrews 11:8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exclaims that all of one’s thinking about the future will not affect the future. He examines the faith of Abraham who lived his life not knowing what would happen. He didn't care. He wasn't preoccupied with questions on the future. In contrast, Abraham went out only with the promises of God. The early Christians were depressed and discouraged. They had reason for worry. The writer of Hebrews gives them this great picture of faith to remind them: Abraham believed God. He was a man of great faith, and needed not worry about the future. What matters not is how one will spend the next few years of their life, but how one will spend eternity. Whatever may happen in the future will not affect God and His promises to us. If God is truly with us, we can face anything in this life. Listen and be concerned with nothing else but knowing and walking step by step with Him.
Today, we are confronted with a choice. Will we go with the world or will we go with God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines men of faith in Hebrews 11:13. He displays that each of them were, first, confronted with this choice, and second, believed God. The world is under the judgement of God. When this is realized, the Christian runs out of the City of Destruction as fast as he can. He sees the world for what it is. He sees himself for who he is. This man can no longer remain in this old life of sin. He leaves the world and goes with God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this man runs out of the doomed world by faith, believing the promises of God. For the believer today, this means trusting God with complete assurance that Jesus Christ died on the cross for one’s sin, and that He was raised to give new life. The Christian now despises his former life of sin and wants nothing to do with it. He no longer lives for the wicked world, but lives for God. This is what it means to become a Christian – to be justified by faith.