The Book of Hebrews
Why is it such a terrible thing to reject the Gospel? In this sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on man's need of salvation and what happens if he rejects it. Salvation is such a weighty matter because of its source: God. If we say no to salvation, then we say no to the God who has offered salvation to all who believe. This is why it is such a dangerous thing to spurn God’s gracious gift that He has put forward in Jesus Christ. But those who do accept salvation are given the greatest possible blessing: eternal life and peace with God. The Gospel is God’s ultimate gift of grace that alone can free man from sin and judgement. This sermon calls each and every one of us to examine ourselves and ask the question, have I accepted God’s gift of salvation? Am I trusting in Jesus as my only hope? This is not an inconsequential question, but it is the most important question any of us can ask, for with the great gift of salvation comes with the great penalty for rejecting it.
Listen to this Christmas message on Hebrews 2:14 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones remembers He who is our Savior and salvation. Do not think of the Christian life in any general way apart from Christ. Through death, Christ destroyed him who had the power of death. Death lost its sting! Man's greatest temptation is to leave out the “wonderful works of God.” Salvation is the result of God’s activity. There is great trouble when we become doubtful of the person of Christ. Look at the two heresies of Christ. The mystery of godliness is Jesus' being truly man and truly God. We are all sharers of human nature, but Christ's manhood was entirely different. God voluntarily added to what He already was – adding flesh and blood to the Divine. Two natures in the One. He who made all things now knew what it was like to be weak, misunderstood, and even to die. Christ became the captain, author, and composer of our salvation. God had to become man. Christ had to die to save us from the condemnation of the Law. He robbed the devil of the power of death and is our representative at the right hand of God. He can sympathize with you, blessed be His name.
In this sermon on Hebrews 2:11 from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, he preaches on the wonders of Christ and His shared inheritance with the redeemed. The theme of the book of Hebrews is the preeminence of Jesus Christ, Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us. The wonder of the Gospel is that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren. Though we are but humans, the Lord God calls us brethren because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims that humans are the sanctified, and Jesus is the sanctifier. Yet He became a little lower than the angels in order to redeem us back to Himself. He became man while not ridding Himself of His Godhood. Because of Jesus Christ's sacrificial condescension to humanity, we can share in His wonderful, eternal, and glorifying inheritance. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that although God has made Himself one with His redeemed, He is also entirely separate. Jesus Christ is the bridge of the expansive gap between God and man. Jesus made a way for us to come to Him; He made a way for us to be brothers. And Jesus Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren! Dr. Lloyd-Jones wonderfully articulates that when Jesus came, the Lawgiver came unto the Law. He took upon the form of a servant. Because of this, we can call Jesus our Brother.
What does it mean to look forward to the heavenly Kingdom of God? The Bible tells us that all believers are pilgrims and sojourners waiting for the day that Christ will return and make all things new. Christ will complete the salvation that He has begun and all who believe will be finally and fully freed from sin and death. Do you know this truth? Are you a child of God? This is the most important truth any one of us can ask because we are all in sin and depravity. But God comes to us in grace and gives us freedom and adoption in Him. In this sermon on Hebrew 2:1-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us that we are all in need of Christ. Human wealth and wisdom cannot compare with what God has given all His children, to the grace that has been freely bestowed up all who trust in His Son. The sermon calls us to lay aside our pride and self-reliance, and trust wholly on God. It offers great encouragement to those who believe. To those who do not believe, it calls them to flee from sin and trust in God alone.
There is no lack of content in Scripture about the cross of Christ. In this sermon given on Good Friday, Dr, Martyn Lloyd-Jones presents various questions about this subject and answers them from Hebrews 2:9. Who is this person dying upon a cross? Jesus Christ, the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person, humbling Himself by coming in the likeness of man, sojourning among men, and suffering and dying that He might taste death for every man. What does it mean that He tasted death? On the cross He experienced – in body and soul – everything that is involved in death as the punishment for sin. Nothing was withheld. Why did He suffer such a death? The answer is given in one word: “FOR everyone”. He took our place, bearing the wrath of God for our sins upon Himself. What’s the result of His coming? The glorious result is two-fold: because Jesus suffered and died, He has been exalted, crowned with all glory and honor and power, and He has taken out the sting of death for all believers. Why did He do it? Because God’s very nature is one of grace, compassion, and love. Hallelujah!