Book of Romans
Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s sermons on the book of Romans were preached to the congregation at Westminster Chapel in the heart of central London on Friday evenings between October 1955 to March 1968. These sermons were preached from the beginning of October until the end of May each year, with breaks being taken for Christmas and Easter. Dr Lloyd-Jones began his ministry at Westminster Chapel in 1938, and his ministry there lasted for thirty years until his retirement in 1968. As such, his Romans series came at the end of his preaching career. Spanning 366 sermons over twelve years, his series on the book of Romans is the longest expositional series Dr Lloyd-Jones ever did.
Dr Lloyd-Jones regarded the book of Romans as the ‘first in importance’ among the New Testament epistles. Indeed, it is likely that Dr Lloyd-Jones saw his exposition of the book of Romans as his most important work, as evidenced by the fact that he chose his Romans sermons as the first of his many sermons to be published following his retirement. His official biographer Iain Murray writes;
Many hundreds of unrevised manuscript copies of sermons thus existed by 1968, of which, for reasons already noted, comparatively few had appeared in print. He did not hesitate in choosing to put his Romans sermons first for publication in book form, to be followed by those on Ephesians.
Dr Lloyd-Jones’s hope for these sermons on the book of Romans was that they will ‘not only help Christian people to understand more clearly the great doctrines of our Faith, but that they will also fill them with a joy “unspeakable and full of glory” and bring them into a condition in which they will be “Lost in wonder, love, and praise”’.
Page 3 of 8
Consciousness of our adoption; sonship and the Son of God; feeling towards God as our Father; the significance of 'Abba'; a deep elemental cry; spontaneous and confident prayer.
Assurance not essential for salvation; assurance in times of revival; the manner of receiving the Spirit of adoption; 'taking it by faith' considered; taking and receiving.
Arguments for understanding 'received' passively; New testament usage; the laying-on of hands; the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit; knowing you have received.
Types of assurance; baptism and fullness; the danger of self-persuasion; a profound experience; agonizing; tarrying and laying-on of hands rejected; longing and praying.
What does it mean to say that the Spirit bears witness with us? Paul began assuring us in our salvation by saying in Romans 8:16 that we are led by the Spirit of God, which makes us sons of God. Secondly, he adds that Christians would know something of the spirit of bondage and fear. Paul is now explaining that the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit. There are multitudes of commentaries that discuss varying views on the definition of this verse and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones spends much of this sermon discussing the views and applications of this verse. He does want to make one thing clear: all Christians are sons of God and all Christians are children of God. Those that say there are distinctions or groupings among Christians have not properly translated what Paul is saying here. When Paul refers to Christians as “sons,” he means this in a legal sense. When Paul refers to Christians as “children of God,” he means this in a familial sense and our present reality. The Doctor then explains why this is another point to prove the assurance of one’s salvation. Any scholar or commentary that does not teach on the assurance of salvation does not fall into the proper protestant reformation teaching.
Parallel statements of New Testament experience; light from church history; the baptism or sealing of the Spirit; a direct work; the highest form of assurance; effects and accompaniments.
The time of this experience; faith and experience in the Acts of the Apostles; the evidence of church history; the testimony of Puritan and other writers.
The parallel of Christ's sealing; nature and effects of the Spirit's witness; the intensity and durability of the experience; qualifications and additions.
Further testimonies from different centuries; countries; temperaments and traditions.
Early Brethren testimony; the cases of Paul and the Galatians; distinguishing counterfeit experiences from the true; true and false antecedents; accompaniments and consequences.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.