The Book of Hebrews
Attending church is not sufficient for salvation! The greatest sin in modern man is that he lives as if he owns himself, but he does not. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he declares we are not our own in this sermon on Hebrews 6:7-8. Look at the illustration of two fields. The whole world was created by God and made for Him. Every life will go on to judgement in relation to our response to this Gospel. The value of one soul is such that we cannot put too much emphasis on listening. Reject this word and you are utterly hopeless. It is the reaction to the treatment of the Gospel that distinguishes Christians from the rest of the world. Contrast the dramatic difference between the two products produced. Examine that which pleases the Creator of this world. The natural life alone is useless before God! Look at the marks of a true believer. Repent and believe this message of God's salvation in Christ. It is not enough to simply know the Gospel. You must deny yourself and take up your cross – follow Him and leave everything else. Turn from your old nature and follow Him while there is still time!
The Christian was always meant to have full assurance and happiness. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he addresses the problem on translation, faith, understanding, and hope in this sermon on Hebrews 6:11-12. Dive into the epistles and discover how they were written for the assurance of believers. See the circumstances of uncertainty that surrounded these believers and what hope they received. Dr. Lloyd-Jones touches on the three assurances of faith, understanding, and hope, while focusing more on the full assurance of hope. We ought to preach sanctification by preaching the hope and the glory of Christ. This is not a message that is subjective to the feelings of man. Christianity is primarily and essentially other-worldly. Put aside your earthly prospects to follow Him. Do you know of the "first fruits"? Soak yourself in and meditate on the Scriptures. “Endure by seeing Him who is invisible.” Faith is the substance, and hope is the outcome of this faith. What is meant by the "state of hope"? When all else gives way, Christ is the solid rock that we can stand on. God provides the diligence and faith that is necessary. Look to Him and have full assurance unto the end!
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides counsel for the troubled soul in this sermon on Hebrews 6:16. He exhorts his listeners that the author of Hebrews' central object is to say that believers can have peace in spite of their bad circumstances. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims how wonderful a truth this is in a world that has so much calamity and uncertainty. A Christian's hope is not in his circumstances, but rather in the Lord who has redeemed his soul. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that the Bible teaches believers how to live in this world; it is a manual that has passed the test of time. With this manual in hand, Christians can enjoy peace even if there was another world war, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches. The reason Christians may have such peace is that the Gospel provides us with refuge for the soul. He is quick to clarify that there is no promised refuge for the body found in the pages of Scripture; many have been martyred for their faith. Rather, the Christian may be comforted in that God has secured his soul. Man must consider the truth about his eternal soul before he is given this refuge, and he must repent to the Lord for God to rescue him. In Christ, Christians may have an anchor within the veil.
Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he proclaims from Hebrews 8:5 the great commission that was given to Moses, and ultimately to all preachers of the Gospel. Where did Moses' authority and message come from? Look at how God commissioned Moses with a detailed plan; He has done the same for us. The quest for truth cannot start with modern man; Christianity must have a different starting point. You are invited to come back to the revelation of God Himself. Moses has no authority apart from God, and neither do we! Take a closer look at God’s pattern and plan for humanity. God alone can tell us about ourselves, life, and death. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks through the Sermon on the Mount and then brings us to the mount of Calvary to hear its message. This is a message of the holiness and love of God. Sin will be punished, and Christ did not offer the blood of bulls and goats, He offered His own blood! Salvation is through the shed blood of God’s only Son. Are you looking for hope? Stop trusting your own opinions and the opinions of others. Come just as you are.
Are you unhappy in your faith? Genuine Christians may lack joy in Christ as they lack certainty of their relationship with God. In Hebrews 10:19-22, the writer encourages the reader to have full assurance and draw near to Christ. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the chief problem: our conscience condemns us. In one’s nature, man is unable to come before the throne of God in prayer because of sin. Dr. Lloyd-Jones highlights the Old Testament temple practices of entering the Holiest of Holies and the work of the priest. This was the old way, one which required blood and priests. It was a kind of communion with God few would enter. This practice, however, paved the way to a new and better way. Through the blood of Christ, the vilest of sinners can enter the holiest of all. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that Jesus washes and sanctifies the believer, clothing them in righteousness, and fitting them for the presence of God. As the High Priest, Jesus has gone before them and has prepared a way for believers to commune with God. Therefore, let us draw near to God with a true heart having full assurance of faith. Listen and experience the joy of the Christian life.
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.
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.
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.