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”’.
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Consideration of Hebrews 6:4-8 and 10:26-29; difficult expressions explained; extraordinary experiences without regeneration; denial of the gospel; the threefold purpose of the warning passages.
The unbreakable chain; stress on God's activity in salvation; previous assertions in the Epistle recalled; death to sin and the law; the new birth; union with Christ.
Further arguments for final perseverance; eternal life; the nature of the church; the function of chastisement; the doctrine of the remnant.
Implications of denying the doctrine; assertion of man's ability; failure to glorify God; denial of Christ's work; alignment with unbelievers and disagreement with the greatest members of the church.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Paul starts a new subsection in his letter to the Romans by claiming this promise in Romans 8:31. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones upacks this promise showing how Christians can truly rest in this absolute truth. There is not a matter of “if” or “but,” it is absolute certainty that the Lord is on our side if we are a child of Christ. By opening this new subsection, Paul is about to answer potential questions that may arise from his previous teaching. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlines several questions that Paul is going to answer before they cause dissention among the Romans. Paul brings this great doctrine in the scheme of ordinary, everyday lives. This one verse is once again proving Paul’s point that we have been saved and our salvation is secure in Jesus Christ. Because of that union with Christ, we have the Holy Spirit working in us and helping us toward our future glory. This affirms that the Lord is in fact for us, so there is no other power, circumstance, or person that could ever truly overcome us. The Doctor explains this in great detail and tells Christians to rest assured in this great promise.
Can God’s love for His children ever change or lessen? Paul is continuing to prove the assurance of salvation for those who are in Christ Jesus. This important subject is the focal point of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sermon from Romans 8:32 as he argues that our assurance is God’s love for us, and the ultimate act of love was Christ’s sacrifice of His only Son on the cross for us. Paul says that it is impossible for Christ’s love to change because the ultimate sacrifice shows just how far God is willing to go for those who are in Christ. Lloyd-Jones shows how the event of the crucifixion and the context surrounding the event are facts and Paul always proves his arguments using facts and doctrine. What greater assurance than an argument based on facts rather than feelings! If Christ did something so great out of love, how could He ever do anything less than that? What happened on the cross is something that was predetermined before the beginning of time. God did it all; man had no part. God chose to give up His only Son for us and this act of love should inspire us to have an even greater confidence in the salvation that was gifted to us.
The sufferings of Christ; forsaken by the Father; for us; the measure of God's love; the inevitability of Paul's conclusion.
Discussion of the relation of questions and answers; God's elect; the devil and his accusations; God; the One justifying; the key importance of the doctrine of justification.
Can someone who has been justified be once again condemned because of sin? In Romans 8:34 Paul says that this question is unthinkable for those who are in Christ Jesus! Christ took all of our condemnation with Him on the cross and the Son will no more bring any charge against us or be the means of our condemnation any more than the Father Himself. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones divides Paul’s proofs into four main arguments: Christ has died, He has risen again, He is at the right hand of God, and He is making intercession for us. Because of these four things, we can rest assured that it is impossible for God to punish us once again because Christ died for our sin and bore our punishment so that we can now be alive in God. This means that a believer has been justified and justification is a declaration that we are no longer under condemnation. God’s justice was fully satisfied on the cross and, therefore, God’s justice should be viewed as our greatest security and comfort. Also, because Christ was raised from the dead shows us that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and all condemnation has been fully dealt with!
Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Yet how does this fact demonstrate the final perseverance of the saints and as an assurance of our salvation? In this sermon from Romans 8:35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that Paul is discussing the doctrine of the final perseverance; if a man has been justified, he will also be glorified. Nothing can ever take that away from a believer and there is no such thing as falling away from grace. With Christ seated next to the Father, this means that God is our high priest. He intercedes on our behalf, showing just how much of a compassionate and caring God He is! This also means that Christ has perfected all who have been sanctified once and forever. Because this work is done, that means He is able to sit. The final end to all of Christ’s work is the salvation of His people. A believer can be assured of their salvation because God the Father has accepted the Son’s sacrifice and gives His Son a place of dignity at His right hand. Believers shall then lack nothing that is essential to their final sanctification and glorification.
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.