Great Biblical Doctrines
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The character of God's activities; antinomy explained; the importance of understanding the harmony of the Biblical doctrines; God's unchanging plan; the decrees of God are unconditional and sovereign; problems in understanding this doctrine; God is not unjust.
The term 'angel' defined; do angels have bodies? the archangels Michael and Gabriel; two groups of angels; the work of the angels as messengers; in salvation and deliverance; as revealers of God's purpose; examples of the intervention of angels. NOTE: Sadly there is no recording of the subsequent lecture titled 'The Devil and the Fallen Angels'.
Suffering and pain surround us and in many cases engulf us. According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones this is explained in what God’s Word says about the fall and sin. Contrary to many erroneous views of the day, sin and evil are not eternal principles, nor is sin simply the lack of good, but sin and evil are the result of man’s willing rebellion against God. This rebellion brought sin into a perfect world. The Bible gives us this story in the first chapters of Genesis in which the serpent deceives man and lures him into temptation. This is not simply a myth used to illustrate man’s fall into sin, but it is God’s revelation of a true historical event. Man, in the original state had no natural desire to sin, but sin enters from outside through the temptation of Satan. This fall did not change the essence of man, but it changed his relationship with God. Now that man has fallen he is estranged from the fellowship of God, he has lost his original righteousness, and his nature has been utterly corrupted. This is why man and the world are in such a dire need for the Savior, Jesus Christ
The Biblical definitions of sin; the absolute character of sin; the effect on posterity; 'seminal identity' and 'federal representative' theories discussed; original guilt proved from Scripture.
How has the fall of Adam affected all of mankind? This is the vital question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer as he expounds man’s state after the fall. He speaks of how the sin of Adam has not only rendered man guilty, but it has corrupted his very soul. This pollution does not change the substance of man’s soul, but it bends and inclines it to evil continually. This does not mean that man does not conform to any notion of good, but it means that he does no spiritual good. While men have knowledge of God, it is not saving knowledge and is suppressed in unrighteousness. This sinful nature alienates man from the righteousness of God. The principle of sinful man, the flesh, is not something that merely marks his body, but it corrupts both his soul and body. Man is born in this darkness and iniquity. But, though man is polluted and totally opposed to the spiritually good, God has promised that that he will provide a savior that will redeem his people from sin. Though man is guilty and polluted, God in Christ is reconciling the world to him in order to bring about a new people and new creation.
Before the creation of the world, before the beginning of time, God had a plan to redeem the world. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly proclaims the truth of God's eternal design for the work of Christ. Before the foundations of the earth, God the Father in His sovereign plan chose to predestine a people through the atoning work of his Son, Christ Jesus. Though man is fallen and in sin, God through Christ, works to bring about not only a new people, but a new creation. Where Adam fails to keep the covenant of works with God, Christ the new Adam accomplished redemption for man through the incarnation and through his atoning work on the cross. This salvation is planned by the Father, acquired in Christ, and applied by the Spirit. Therefore, salvation is the work of God alone. This is the message of the Old and New Testaments, and it is revealed to God's people through God's word. This salvation is not the work of man, nor is it an afterthought in the mind of God, but redemption is the plan of history from before the world began. The eternal covenant between the Father and Son is the plan, and by the work of Christ it is brought about for us.
Covenants explained; the 'covenant of works' with Adam; second covenant; 'covenant of grace' in Genesis 3:15; the covenant with Noah; the covenant with Abraham; the Sinaitic covenant; the covenant in the old and new dispensation.
The centre of Biblical doctrine; His genealogy; Christ in prophecy; the Incarnation introduced.
Detailed definition of the doctrine of the Incarnation; the doctrine of the Virgin Birth explained; man entirely excluded from the Incarnation; the Lord's human nature from Mary.
His divinity and deity proved from Scripture; the divine names in Scripture; the divine attributes; divine offices; His own claims to deity; the Scriptural teaching on His humanity.