The Book of Hebrews
Are we slaves to our circumstances? Do circumstances control us as cruel masters while we live under their power? Absolutely not. In this sermon on Hebrews 12:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the hope set before the early believers in the book of Hebrews. While their circumstances were miserable, their hope was unchanging. Those who have gone before us are witness to this reality: Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, we then run this race with patience. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages the listener to look to Jesus amidst difficult times. In Jesus we see, first, the cross. He endured that which was set before Him for the joy of what was to come. In Jesus, we see the resurrection. If He is raised, we will be raised. In Jesus, we see the hope of heaven. He is preparing for us a place so shall be with Him forever. In Jesus, we see our hope, for He is the finisher of our salvation. Listen and let your hearts be glad. We are not a slave to our circumstances. Christ has overcome the world. Where He is, so shall we also be.
Why are Christians miserable? Where might the believer turn when cast down with guilt? In this sermon on Hebrews 12:18-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines this question pointing to testimony of Jesus’ blood. The Christians in the book of Hebrews were dejected and disappointed. They have come to this great salvation, yet have been met with suffering and loss. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that it was for this reason that this letter to the Hebrews was written. The writer knew that their fight was not merely against flesh and blood, but spiritual in nature. The devil uses these moments to attack God’s people. Satan is the accuser. He speaks against us. In our suffering, it seems God may be against us. Should we expect our sin-guilt to remain? To what does the Christian plead when attacked by Satan? As the devil accuses, how can I answer him? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones lifts up the blood of Christ declaring that the throne of judgement has become a throne of grace. The saints in Hebrews overcame the devil through the testimony of the blood of Christ. The Christian today must point to the blood of Christ. It silences the devil. As a result, nothing is able to separate us from the love of God.
In this sermon on Hebrews 12:25-29, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones starts by addressing a common objection of the Bible. Many contemporary men do not believe the Bible and its value, simply because it’s old. It is irrelevant to us because it is obsolete. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Bible is ever relevant, ever contemporary, and ever true because it is the everlasting God who speaks about His Son, Jesus Christ. Human history, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, tells us that man refuses to listen to God and His Word. In turn, we become confused and unstable as we seek to find stability, security, and certainty in the things that aren’t meant to be. Only in the realm of God, the Kingdom of God, can humans find a place of spiritual rest. How can one enter into this Kingdom? The Gospel. Have faith in Jesus Christ and trust that He has taken away your sins. Do you wish to find stability in this unstable world? Listen to this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he clearly teaches about the everlasting Kingdom of God and its implication for Christians of the 21st century.
Does Christianity have a place in today’s modern world, or is it outdated and in need of being replaced by newer ideas? Many people think that Christianity, and especially many of its teachings, are irrelevant because they are from such a long time ago. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues in this sermon, the Christian faith is needed just as much now as it was then. People throughout history have thought that the world would get better with new technology, globalization, and other breakthroughs that would unite the world. However, these man-made solutions have failed to bring about the utopia that many hoped for. Massive empires that once dominated the world are now nothing. Science, philosophy, wealth, and politics have all failed to bring about the change that is desperately desired. Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes this is due to man’s sinfulness. We are not perfect and nothing we build can be perfect. Thus, we are incapable of ultimately fixing the issues we encounter in the world. The Bible alone gives an explanation for the state of the current world, and the Bible alone provides a basis of hope for the future. God’s kingdom is the only one that won't change and that will last forever. Will you reject it, or will you join?
In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits Hebrews 12:28-29 and its surrounding verses to call the listeners to heed the call to repentance by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, should not be refused. While the misconceptions and vain philosophies of this age will soon fade, Jesus’s Gospel and Kingdom is eternal, and they will be unshakeable throughout all ages. More importantly, all people will pass, along with this world, and they will have to give account to every thought and deed. The judgement of God will be inescapable, but those who believe in God’s way of salvation through God’s Son will join Him in His everlasting Kingdom. Since Jesus sits on the throne and rules His Kingdom forever, Christians will be in His Kingdom forever. We will be considered as heirs and firstborns in His family. In contrast, those who refuse the One who speaks, and trust in their own abilities, will be judged eternally. They will be cast away with the worldly kingdoms and its ruler, the devil. Which kingdom would you like to be? Should you believe in yourself or should you believe in Jesus the King of the unshakeable Kingdom? Listen, now, to this powerful and convicting message by Dr. Lloyd-Jones.