The Book of Psalms
If it was God’s grace that saved us, will it not be God’s grace that keeps us? This message is good news for the backslider. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights the grace of God in the believer’s future salvation. This doctrine, known as the perseverance of the saints, belongs at the bedrock of our faith. Dr. Lloyd-Jones begins with a proper understanding of God’s grace. God’s grace saves, restrains, and restores. The backsliding Christian will be restored because God is a God of grace. His grace is the reason all Christians are, remain, and we will be saved. Nothing, therefore, can separate the believer from God’s love. First, this doctrine is rooted in God’s own character. When God starts a work, He completes it. One finds his rest in this unchangeable person of God. The true believer cannot slide too far from God’s saving grace because God’s work of redemption doesn’t change. Second, this doctrine stems from God’s purpose. God has intended to save man from his sin for God’s own glory. Since saving man from sin is God’s purpose, the weak Christian will indeed be saved. Finally, this doctrine rests in the power of God. Listen and know that God not only desires us to be saved, but He has the ability to save.
When everything else fails, are you standing on the solid rock? On this rock, you will never be moved. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that God is this very foundation of life. Examining Psalm 73:25-26, he notes how the Psalmist turns to worship. The Psalmist arrives at the goal of salvation: desiring and worshipping God alone. Everything else takes second place to God. For this Psalmist, first place belongs to Him. The Psalmist has discovered that there is no satisfaction apart from God. He then gives himself to the adoration of this rock. Is this true of you? Do you long for God and desire to know Him? How might we stand on this solid ground? First, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that the Christian must discover there is nobody else who can help him but God. Second, the Christian then desires God Himself, not merely what God gives or does. Eternal life, as described by the apostle John, is fellowship with God. What are you looking for in heaven? Is it God? Or are you merely looking for the blessings of God? Listen to this sermon and build your life on this foundation stone. Because God is the rock.