Kingdom of God
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Do we know what the Gospel is? A great tragedy today, even among professing Christians, is not knowing what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. In this Christmas message, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the message that frames the beginning and end of the Lord Jesus’ ministry. By looking at both Matthew 4:23 and 24:14, he explores the message of the Gospel from the perspective of the Kingdom of God. The good news of God’s Kingdom (or His rule and reign), says Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of the greatness of the Gospel. We are often guilty of reducing the Gospel to subjective terms such as our personal happiness or peace. We often start with ourselves and end with ourselves. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches, the Gospel of the Kingdom reminds us that the whole world is involved in God’s redemption. The good news of the Kingdom reminds us that the Son of God came to this earth, not to simply make us respectable people, but to make us obedient to God. Our obedience to the King brings Him glory. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers the most important question of all: why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to come into the world?
Continuing his sermon series with Matthew 24:14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches on the Gospel — although we have heard what it is not, what is it? What is the way of escape that is offered to followers of Jesus? What is the Kingdom of God that we read so much about in the Gospels? First, the Gospel is good news. This good news is about God’s action, not man’s, and it is directly related to the Kingdom of God. This is the realm in which God rules and reigns in the hearts of men. This Kingdom is related to the good news of the Gospel because it is a demonstration that God has not given up on mankind, thus becoming a beacon of hope for a lost world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes with addressing God’s relationship to history. First, He is in control of all things. Second, God has acted, and is still acting in, history. From the very first pages of Scripture, God’s hand in the movement of history is clear: from the Fall of man, to His promise to Abraham of a coming ruler, to the cross of Christ. We can trust His control over history because He has faithfully acted in history, keeping His promises and staying faithful to His character.
Listen to this sermon from Mark 1:14-15 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presents God's message that calls man to listen to the truth. Man's whole notion of Christianity is wrong. The depth of the knowledge of God's truth is far from being known. The modern position is where we find ourselves without God and without a proper guide. “It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive” – listen to this modern thrill of investigation, rather than interest in the truth itself. Man is always ready to worship man, but this must not be. Learn that all your questions have already been answered, and your problems have already been solved. Receive the revelation of God; His Gospel announces a plan and a purpose. All we need has already been given. The problem of man today is the same problem of man that’s always been. Christianity is the plan of God acting out in history. Our salvation depends on what God has done in Christ, not what we understand; this is the Gospel. Man is a slave of sin, but Christ has broken our chains to set us free for His Kingdom. Are you so blinded by sin and Satan that you’re a lost soul without knowledge of Hell? Stand blameless before God in Christ.
The Biblical view of the kingdom is not vague or indefinite; the different positions occupied by those outside the kingdom; the true mark of intelligence; the externals of religion do not please God; the danger of an intellectual and theoretical only view of Christianity; the explanation for those who are outside the kingdom.
Why is the Kingdom of God so divisive? It may seem strange to say that Jesus and His message are a source of controversy and division, but in this sermon on Luke 9:57-62, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that it is just that. Jesus’ call is to follow Him and to become a member of His Kingdom. It is a call to put Him above all things. Jesus takes precedence of all earthly comforts, and even one’s own family! This is the radical message of the Gospel; it tells us that Jesus is everything and that His Kingdom is now the most important thing in our life. All conceptions of the Kingdom of God that do not challenge sinful man’s conception of power and the meaning of life are not the message that Christ brings to us. What does this sermon mean for each and every one of us? This sermon tells us that Jesus has come to save us and that nothing we can do can bring about the Kingdom of God. No amount of good works can bring heaven on earth, for the Gospel is the only power of salvation. Only the Gospel confronts us with our need for salvation and God’s savior, Jesus Christ!
A kingdom not of this world; the error of the church/state union; the kingdom will not come through the reform of the world; the kingdom; a manifestation of the power of God; the kingdom and the Church; belonging to the kingdom.
A knowledge of Christianity only possible through the Bible; some common ideas concerning Christianity refuted; the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world; the privileges and responsibility of the kingdom.
A spiritual kingdom with only one way of entry; reasons for listening to the Gospel; facing God in the judgement; all that man values will be shaken; the mediator of the new covenant : the meaning of this explained; the only way to God.
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.