Book of Acts
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In the judgement of Ananias and Sapphira we see that God is active and rules in this world of time. As Creator, He has the right and the power to do as He wills with His creation. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on Acts 5 and shows while many modern men hate the idea of a supernatural spiritual realm, the Bible sees many events in the world as the result of immaterial things. This includes the existence of angels, demons, and the devil. This is a part of the world that we live in. The Bible teaches this clearly from the beginning to the end. But God is sovereign over the spiritual aspects of creation as He is sovereign over the material aspects of reality. We must not shy away for what Scripture teaches regarding the existence of the spiritual realm. The church must be active in its opposition to evil in all its forms and ways. There is a war between God and Satan, between good and evil, and between light and darkness. This is a cosmic war that takes place amongst us. But we have hope in the power of God and his Gospel. In the Gospel, Jesus triumphs over all sin and evil, and through his Spirit we have the power to fight against all evil and darkens in this world.
Why is there so much evil in the world? Why is it that none of man’s efforts to end war, death, and poverty succeed? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says the problem is found in the fact that the world is overrun by the devil, and he has blinded men so that they cannot see the light of God’s grace and love. This evil is not simply the absence of good character and good deeds, but it is militant opposition to God and His rule. This is why all attempts to make the world a better place by education, human works, and moralism are ultimately futile and ineffective. Because until sin and the devil are recognized as the root and source of suffering and evil, men will continue in the godless ways, seeking to bring peace to the world by their own wisdom and power. In order for true transformation to take place in the world and in the hearts and minds sinners, there must be the acknowledgement of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. For without Christ there is no hope in this life or in the next. For all men stand condemned before God, and it is only by believing in the death and resurrection of Christ that sinners can be saved and brought into the kingdom of God.
Modern men reject the truth of the Christian faith often on the basis of the supposed superiority of science over faith. The claim that no rational man can believe the Gospel and the Christian faith in light of what we know about the world. In this sermon from Acts 5:1-11, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that while men may affirm the need for moral improvement, and for this reason they like the moral teachings of Jesus, they reject the two natures in Christ, and they reject the need for salvation from sin and the wrath to come. They reject the super natural religion of Christianity for the moralistic teachings of godless humanism. But the moralistic religion cannot save men from the inevitable death of all men. Mankind needs a new nature that will grant him a true desire for righteousness. They must be delivered from the wrath of God. They must be delivered from the power of Satan. Only through the supernatural work of Christianity can men be transferred from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God. As Lloyd-Jones powerfully says, those who reject the Gospel of Christ have no hope. The moralistic teaching of men cannot save them from death, Satan, and the wrath of God against all unrighteousness. Salvation is only through the supernatural work of the Gospel of Jesus Chris.
Miracles; and their purpose in the early Church; miracles and belief; Ananias and Sapphira : a warning; Christianity and the element of fear.
Unbelief and rejection of the Gospel flows from a heart that is fallen and corrupted. This central problem of all humanity is explained by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. For when men say that the Gospel is foolish, or that it is for primitive men, they are not doing so as free thinkers, but as sinners who reject God and His way of life. This is seen when the apostles John and Peter are put in prison by the Jewish leaders. These unbelieving Jews reject the message of the crucified and resurrected Messiah, so they persecute those that do. This is unbelief manifest in irrationality. They do not put forth arguments, but they simply reject the message and the messengers. So, when those who hear the Gospel of Christ reject it with anger and hatred, we should not be surprised, for the Bible predicts and explains this rejection. For God’s word says that all men are sinners by nature and are wholly opposed to God. As it was in the days of the apostles, so it is also true in modern times. All around us men scoff and ridicule the message of a crucified savior, but this nor reason, but unbelief. And this unbelief can only be remedied by the grace of God.
Unchanging man; unchanging Gospel; the Gospel not a quest for truth; the completeness of the Gospel; dangers of addition or subtraction; the command to preach the Gospel.
Christ; God's way of salvation; the world sees the Gospel as irrelevant; the glory of God not recognised by the world; 'human' saviours acceptable in society; contrast in style between the world's saviour and God's Saviour.
Man's understanding of his problem; some modern religious thought; a righteous and holy God; the God of justice.
The message that man dislikes; repentance in the New Testament; no salvation without repentance; repentance defined.
Justification explained; man's problem : pride; the robe of righteousness; justification in Scripture; alive unto God.