The Book of Isaiah
Why should we listen to the message of the prophets and of holy Scripture? In an age of doubt and the rationalistic criticism of Scripture, this remains a vital question for the Church and all believers. In this sermon on Isaiah 1:1-2, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the nature of Scripture as the Word of God given through the apostles and prophets. God gives His Word to His people in times of need and guidance. This word from God is the only reason that the Church has any authority to speak to the world and call it to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. The message of the Church is that Jesus Christ has died for sinners so that they might be righteous and children of God. All who repent and believe in Jesus are saved from sin and the wrath of God. This message of salvation confronts the world in its fallenness and brokenness and tells it of the God who has died for the world. God’s revelation is the only reason that the Church can stand and proclaim this great truth that Jesus has come and died for sinners. This sermon confront us all we the need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.
“Repent.” This is a churchy word that many, even those outside of the church, are familiar with, having seen it on billboards or heard about it from pastors preaching revival. But what actually comprises repentance? In this sermon on Isaiah 1:10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on what it means to repent and why every single person ever born is in need of repenting. People who trust in Christ for their salvation from sin do so because they see their need. The word “repent,” he says, means literally to stop and think again. With our culture moving along from day to day at a blistering pace, it is imperative that we stop and think soberly about what we believe regarding eternity— we must repent. The second aspect of repentance when someone is coming to faith in Christ is a changing of the mind when they realizing they have been wrong regarding their beliefs about Him, and their complete dependence on Him for forgiveness from their sins. Third, repentance is ceasing to rely on our own capacity and wisdom. Finally, repentance is utter submission to God and His Word. Repentance is not when you cry over your sin, it’s when you turn from it and change to follow the Lord instead. Repent today from your sins and trust in Jesus for your salvation!
What a truly awe-inspiring thought that the God of the universe, our Creator, has called sinful humans to come to Him. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 1:16-18 and reminds us of the incredible offer we have from God Himself to come before Him. In this passage, God calls us to reason with Him, to have a discussion about our sins. Yet there is another element to this— a challenge. Because He is our maker, God is just to demand what He does. Because we have disobeyed Him, the punishment for our sins is just. What silences this, though, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes note of, is the grace of God’s offer that follows this challenge. We need clean hands and a pure heart to stand before God, yet because every one of us have the guilt of sin staining us, we cannot merit this forgiveness on our own. But, as Isaiah states in this passage, Jesus has offered to take our sins that are as red as scarlet and make them as white as snow. As the old hymn communicates so poetically, there is a fountain filled with blood that is drawn from Emmanuel’s veins. Yet, sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Trust in Jesus today for forgiveness from your sins!
What is sin? There are many answers given to this question in the modern world, but the Bible gives us one: sin is the breaking of God’s Law. Sin is saying no to God, and yes to one’s own desire. This rebellious spirit is nothing new in the world. It came about when the first humans, Adam and Eve, rejected God’s wisdom in place of their own. The presence of sin, as described in the Bible, is the only thing that can explain why the world is full of pain and suffering. Only God’s Word explains why we all sin against God and against one another. The world cannot repair the damage of sin; it cannot make right what mankind has done. The only true hope for this sinful world is found in God’s gracious sending of Jesus Christ. The whole Bible looks forward to the time when God will make everything right again in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' sermon on Isaiah 1:4 forces us all to ask the question: do I believe in what God has done? Have I turned from my sin and trusted in Christ? Christ is the only one who can redeem us from sin and the wrath of God.
Listen to this sermon on Isaiah 1:5-6 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the need to know the cause of man's troubles in order to begin to understand the proper remedy. Ease, deliverance, and happiness are often enemies of a proper diagnosis. Come face to face with the cause of your ills. See the root of the problems that trouble our lives today. The true character, nature, and consequences of sin are examined as they affect the whole of life. Man is made blind by sin; all have sinned and are under the very same condemnation. Our head and heart are affected by this sin – there is not a part of man that goes untouched by sin. Learn of the terrible power of sin against correction, teaching, and trials. The exceeding depth of sin is seen in the increased rebellion against what is good and right. Do not be driven into further arrogance in your sin! Man needs an entire renovation and this is the very thing God offers us through His only Son. The power of the devil is greater than that of man; God alone can deliver us from this power. Receive this salvation and be delivered from the power of sin!
Sin affects everything, no question about it. Its results are seen in so many of the difficult daily patterns of life. In this sermon on Isaiah 1:7-8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches on sin and how its consequences reach into every area of our existence. When disasters strike, we often wonder about the reason behind why something like that happens. Sin alone explains the state of the world we live in now, since it is in complete rebellion to God and His character. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds on the attractiveness of sin and how it is endlessly deceptive— we know that the wrong choices we make will result in bad things, and yet we still choose to do them anyway, even though it never keeps its promises to fulfill us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also points out how sin never gives us anything that is of value to us, instead robbing us of what is best for us. After this, it leaves us alone and isolated. In contrast, consider the promises and call to life in the gospels that Jesus extends to those who are lost. Unlike the problems of sin, Jesus promises to never leave us, and He fulfills the promises He makes. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds unbelievers of the kind of life available in Christ.
What is your life worth? What are you willing to give up in exchange to save your soul? This powerful question is at the heart of this sermon on Isaiah 1:3 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Even when shown the damage caused by sin, people continue to live in rebellion, not listening to God’s call to repent. For even animals know their master and know he provides their food and all that they have. But men refuse to acknowledge God and all the blessings that come from his merciful hands. For men love sin and wickedness more than our gracious God who has promised to give all things to those who love him and believe in his name. So, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks, what profit is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul? What does knowledge and pleasure bring if one dies and goes to hell? For men love their sin, but it leads only to death and despair. God has given the best gift possible in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the grave, reigning over all so that all who believe may have eternal life abundantly.
There is no escape from the pentaly of sin. Scripture says that everyone has sinned, eternal punishment is the only just response by a holy God. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 1:9 and shows the severity of our sin and how we are not able to change anything of our own accord. We deserve total destruction because of our sin. We have all rebelled against God and thus we are unholy. We have no plea. Because God is holy, He cannot allow His presence to be tainted by sin. Through His Word and what He has revealed in it about our sinfulness and the Savior He sent for our sins, we are left with no excuse. God is justified in His judgment of sinners. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that on his own, man can do nothing about his own salvation— since just one sin is enough to separate us from God, we are left incapable of doing enough good works to save ourselves. Thus, our salvation is entirely of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks a crucial question: are you resting in and trusting on Jesus for your salvation? Only by believing in Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins can you be made right with God. Look at your sin, look at what Scripture says regarding the solution, and repent today!