Great Biblical Doctrines
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When will Jesus return? How will we recognize the second coming of Christ? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches a message on the second coming of Jesus Christ. There is much confusion over what the second coming refers to, and some argue about it's timing. Did the second coming happen at Pentecost? Did it happen when the temple was destroyed in AD 70? Or will it happen in the future? The coming of Christ is a topic all throughout Scripture— some have said that one in every thirteen verses refer to this, with those referring to His second coming being eight-times more frequent than those about His birth! Why is it so important to understand this doctrine? Lloyd-Jones explains that this doctrine is one of the most important for the church, especially since it was used by Paul and the other early apostles to encourage Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. However, The Doctor also issues a warning to those who undertake a study of this subject— to take topics in Scripture that are unclear and make them belief requirements to be a Christian is to abuse the Word of God. Listen as Lloyd-Jones teaches on the second coming of Christ and addresses issues that arise when studying this topic!
Do you know when Christ will return? Predictions seem to take place every year. But what are the biblical signs of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ? Does Scripture even allow us the opportunity of discerning precisely when He will return again? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers these questions and more, contending that it is useless for Christians to debate the exact date and time of His coming since Jesus promised that only God the Father knew. The Doctor takes the listener through a helpful history of these questions that begins with the apostles since many have argued that they expected Jesus to return again in their lifetime. In addition to this view of the apostles, Lloyd-Jones also gives a brief overview of several other alternate stances on this subject. According to Scripture, the Doctor teaches, there are two signs that precede the second coming of Christ— the calling of the Gentiles and the gathering in of the fullness of Israel. He skillfully explains from a biblical standpoint what these mean, providing the listener with clarity that is often missing when studying this topic. This is a helpful and fascinating sermon for anyone currently confused about how to interpret the biblical prophecies regarding the Lord’s Second Coming!
The world will one day end. It's more than a movie plot, it is God's plan! But what happens? Will all of Israel be saved? Will Jesus come at any time, or are there signs that will precede His coming? Beginning with a warning against dogmatism, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones warns the listener against being overly-dogmatic on views of the end times since Scripture itself is so vague about what specifically will happen. Many of the passages and books in the Bible regarding the End Times and the Second Coming of Jesus can be extremely confusing, and Paul’s statement in Romans 11:26 that “all Israel will be saved” definitely falls into such a category. How should we as Christians approach this verse and God’s plan for the Jews? The Doctor takes the listener through three main views regarding this verse and gracefully demonstrates from Scripture which view is the closest aligned biblically, centering his argument around another of Paul’s verses where he writes that there is a spiritual Israel distinct from those who are Israelites by blood. In other words, God’s promises here are referring to His spiritual Israel, those who are God’s people and thus Israelites by heart. Lloyd-Jones tackles this subject and more in this helpful sermon regarding the Jews and the promises made to them.
When will Jesus return? Daniel 9 is vital to Christians’ understanding of events. However, due to its difficult nature, many Christians interpret it incorrectly or stay away from it all-together. Yet, God placed it in His Word for a reason. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in this sermon, begins with a reminder of the godly men who have disagreed widely on interpretation regarding passages like Daniel 9, encouraging the listener to avoid being overly dogmatic regarding the subject. Regardless of opinion, Daniel 9 is about what God has determined regarding a chosen people. One of the most well known sections in this chapter refer to “70 weeks,” a timeline regarding when the events at the end of time will happen. Are these literal weeks? If not, what do they represent? Why are they divided up, and are we leaving in the midst of them? Lloyd-Jones makes his argument for which period he believes we are living in, as well as identifying the purposes these “weeks” serve. If you have ever been confused about how to understand Daniel 9 and how it affects you as a Christian, this sermon will be of great benefit to you!
Have you ever wondered if you have been “left behind?” Who will be on earth after the rapture? Many seek to discover clues as to when Jesus will come back. And yet, despite the many predictions, believers are still waiting for Him to come again. Daniel 9 is a passage frequently used in this discussion of the end-times, yet the language it employs is often mysterious and open to debate over its meaning. At the center of the debates are verses 24-27 that refer to various weeks that the events will fall on. Some interpret these events as still awaiting fulfillment, but Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes his case for why he believes the events to have been fulfilled with the life of Jesus Christ and the destruction of the temple and defeat of the Jewish people in 70 A.D. The Doctor also provides a commentary on a topic that has been steadily gaining traction in evangelical circles: the rapture of Christians. Many people are surprised to learn that this theological idea is not commonly found until after the 1800s. How should Christians approach this topic? Listen to this sermon as Lloyd-Jones provides an alternative view of Daniel 9 and a biblical foundation for understanding the idea of an end-times rapture of the global church.
Our soul will live forever, but what about our body? Is there Scriptural evidence upholding a physical raising of the body? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on a difficult topic by surveying the teaching of the Old and New Testament on the subject. As he demonstrates, the New Testament is clearer in its teaching regarding the resurrection. Nonetheless, the doctrine is present in the Old Testament as well. Some modern day Christians are skeptical regarding the literal physical raising of our bodies, but Lloyd-Jones draws our attention to the hope that the writers of Scripture portrayed through their writings regarding the resurrection. While our bodies were sown in sin and weakness, he says, we will be raised in glory and power on the Last Day as we partake in the glories of Jesus. Indeed, the resurrection and redemption of our bodies is part of our salvation. This marks a distinction between Christianity and other religions; Christianity says the body will not be obliterated, but will be redeemed into glorious, incorruptible bodies that follow the nature of our resurrected Christ. And with these incorruptible bodies, we will glorify God as we worship him without the marks of sin, disease, and death.
The final judgment. We have all thought about the end of time and what will happen at that point. What does Scripture teach? If you have had questions about this topic, this sermon will serve as a valuable tool for you! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the final judgment as the final solution to the world’s trials, yet many people run to temporary fixes while ignoring this key doctrine. Some reject the idea of this judgment because they cannot reconcile it with the truth of God being loving. Others, however, reject it because they don't see the need for it since their fate will already have been determined on earth. However, Scripture is clear that it is the day when our verdict will be announced, not determined. It will be a very public event. What is its purpose? Lloyd-Jones says that it is ultimately about the glory of God. Many people wonder about who the judge will be, but The Doctor demonstrates from Scripture that it will be the Lord Jesus Christ. He will judge not only men, but the angels who rejected Him in the beginning. What about verses that refer to other judgments? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers these questions and more, using the topic of the final judgment as a means to help us grow in our appreciation for the glory of the Lord.
Have you ever tried to read through the book of Revelation, only to leave with more questions than answers? Have you been confused by the deep symbolism and imagery that makes it seem impossible to understand exactly what the author was trying to say? You are not alone! In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes the listener through a brief overview of the main schools of interpretation. The Preterist view, made popular by a Catholic priest, holds that everything prophesied in Revelation has already taken place. The Futurist view, also made popular by a Catholic priest, holds an opposite view that the periods written about in the Book of Revelation are periods in the life of the church from the end of the first century and extending to the end of time. Thus, it views the events in Revelation as being fulfilled after the book was written. The other view is the Historicist view, and this perspective understands Revelation as being fulfilled between the First and Second comings of Christ. With all these ideas about how to interpret Revelation, it can be difficult to determine which one is correct. In this sermon, Lloyd-Jones provides helpful background for understanding these perspectives while also reminding the listener that the important thing is to understand the overall themes and progress from there.
The futurist view reviewed; general objections; Revelation; one book not three; it postpones the kingdom; threefold division of verse 19; the word 'hereafter' examined.
The three schools of interpretation; the Church and the spiritual historicist; the symbols explained; the natural division of the book; and the great theme that unites each section.