Great Biblical Doctrines
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What does the Bible mean when it calls God both just and the justifier? Moreover, was the atonement really necessary? Were there any other ways? The Doctor explores these questions in his ongoing series of the Doctrine of the Atonement. After he shortly reviews his previous seven arguments for the Protestant view of the atonement, he gives his final and last reason: the Bible emphasizes the death on the cross as absolute necessity. By exploring Jesus’s words in the garden of Gethsemane and Pauline letters, Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a clear picture for biblical and Protestant view of the atonement. The Doctor also navigates through some objections against both the general doctrine of the atonement and the specific doctrine of the Penal substitutionary atonement. This sermon by Lloyd-Jones is helpful as he gives arguments for and against this glorious doctrine of the atonement and offers robust understanding of salvation and justification by Christ alone.
The five enemies of man; the substitutionary work of the Lord; the devil defeated at Calvary; change in the heavenly tabernacle.
“What are the results and consequences of the atonement?” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores the new covenant made on Calvary by the blood of Jesus Christ. This insightful sermon takes us back to the Old Testament laws an sacrifices that give the context for the New Testament’s teaching on this saving decree and the significance of Jesus Christ as our Savior and our High Priest. Lloyd-Jones also deals with the issue of Antinomianism and how the everlasting Covenant under Jesus dispels wrong thinking. Clear thinking on the New Covenant fills the believer with boldness, assurance and confidence in our access to God. When we are unified with Christ, His forgiveness of sins is applied to our account and we live in ongoing joy and peace before Him.
Christians tend to only think of the atonement of Christ's death for sin. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us in this sermon, there are many aspects of God’s creation which are affected by the death of Christ. We must not think forgiveness of sin is the only benefit from the atonement. Even the Lord Jesus Christ himself has been affected by his work on the cross. What are we to make of these things? Lloyd-Jones surveys the Scripture in order to show how common benefits or common grace comes to humanity as a consequence of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death. Listen as he preaches on the blessings unbelievers and angels receive as a result of the atoning work of Christ. Hear as Lloyd-Jones considers the special and new glory the Lord Jesus Christ receives in the incarnation. It is only as a result of his obedient death on the cross that he receives this peculiar glory. Finally, as we witness the crucifixion we learn about Christ’s mediatorial kingship and what it means for the church as he rules and reigns over her.
When did the Holy Spirit begin His work? Was it only after Pentecost or was He active and present before that important day? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explain his method of approach when coming to difficult doctrines or statements in Scripture, including the topic of the Holy Spirit. Unpacking the biblical evidence, we can say with confidence that the Holy Spirit is manifest before the day of Pentecost. He is manifest in the creation of the world, that is, he operated in creation by sustaining it. The Holy Spirit is also manifest through common grace. Common Grace, Lloyd-Jones tells us, is the general blessings applied to all men according to the pleasure and will of God. We see common grace everywhere! Our culture is filled with common grace and aids in our understanding of how God works to maintain order by government rule and restraining sin, as well as the joy and pleasure experienced through art, music and science. The conscience found in every man is manifest in morality and religion that pervades our cultures. But the morality, politics, religions and beauty are not the main point. All of these things, these marks of common grace, glorify God because it is only through the Spirit that the gifts are distributed to mankind.
Special gifts of the Spirit to special men; the formation of the Church as the body of Christ; the importance of the Ascension in the coming of the Spirit; the importance of the house of Cornelius; the reason for Pentecost.
The work of the Holy Spirit; the general call; the effectual call explained; irresistible grace briefly discussed.
How does God remove our sin and make us new? The answer is in the word, "regeneration" and as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, it is the result of the work of God’s Holy Spirit applying the work of Christ to the hearts and minds of those that are called according to his will. When men are granted the gift of God’s grace by the work of the Spirit they are transformed and renewed. They are new creatures’ part of the new creation that Christ has brought and will bring. The transformation that is brought about by regeneration does not change the substance of men, but it renews their minds and gives them new desires. These new Spirit gifted dispositions result in a new life. This is the life of the Christian who seeks to love God and his neighbor. It causes him to love new things that he once despised, and it causes him to hate old things that he once loved. This is brought about by the sovereign work of God in the life of sinners that he chooses to renew and adopt into his family. This work cannot be directly perceived, nor can it be understood fully, but it is the beginning of the new life. It is a rebirth that wholly and completely reorients the will and desires of a once sinful men. It is the fountain head of the new life in Christ.
Why do some believe in Christ’s message while others do not? What is it that separates these two categories of people? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this by appealing to the biblical doctrine of the new birth. This new birth is an act of God by which He regenerates the hearts and minds of fallen men. From this act of regeneration comes the new life with new desires and dispositions. This new man lives a Spirit empowered life that evidences the supernatural work of Christ. In this we see that regeneration does not merely change men’s standing with God, but it transforms their very hearts and minds. Because this new life is brought about by the work of the Spirit it is kept by the work of the Spirit so that once a man has been born again he cannot lose his new nature. The new man cannot become old again, for it is the Spirit that forms him and keeps him. Once the Spirit transforms the believer he will seek a life that honors Christ. This seeking of Christ and his Kingdom do not make a man new, but it is the result of the Spirit regenerating him and making him a new creation in Christ Jesus the savior.
What is regeneration, and how do we know if it has taken place in our lives? These are the key questions that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles as he leads us through key passages in 1 John and Galatians. Lloyd-Jones systematically shows us how salvation is proven in the life of a believer. Regeneration occurs when God implants spiritual life into people. Authentic regeneration proves itself in those who are living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ as they outwardly demonstrate His holiness. But what does it look like? A genuine believer will pass the tests of love other believers, conviction over sin, desire for spiritual things. No one can produce this on their own! Regeneration is union with Christ! As Jesus taught in the gospels, a believer’s relationship with Him is similar to the interaction of a vine and its branches— just as a branch cannot thrive or survive without the support from the vine, change in the life of a believer cannot take place apart from that person’s union with Christ.