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The righteousness will live by faith. That is the overwhelming message of Romans. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones feels that this is for the sake of the Jews who may not understand their Old Testament and are now rejecting this “new” message. There is only one covenant of grace and it was the same in the Old Testament as it was in the new. God’s way of dealing with man has always been the same! In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones also discusses how Abraham and David were justified in the Old Testament dispensation. The Scripture states that Abraham believed and it was counted to him as righteousness. This is the first time in the Bible that the doctrine of justification by faith has been presented this clearly. When Abraham believed, it meant that he trusted and committed to what God said and this was established as a covenant. Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns that even though Paul continues to review the same points, we must never skip over a scripture that seems less applicable and appealing. This chapter provides a great explanation for justification by faith and it is essential that we are able to grasp and understand these arguments.
What is humanity’s greatest need? The answer is simple: reconciliation with God. In this sermon on Acts 5:29-32 that begins with the apostles asserting that they “must obey God rather than men”, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the glorious truth that Jesus Christ came into the world and died for sinners to make them children of God. People are naturally born sinful and opposed to God, and, therefore, alienated from God and righteousness. But the Gospel that the apostles were willing to suffer and die for is the message that Jesus died in humanity’s place if they turn from their sin and trust in Him. Though they have sinned against God, God has sent His own Son to bear their sins. There is no greater truth. What does this mean for every person? The gospel means that people do not have to be judged on the basis of their sinful deeds, but by believing in Jesus they can have His righteousness. Sins are traded for His perfection. This Gospel is a call for all to believe. It is a command from God Himself to repent and trust in Jesus for justification.
Just how does Christ's death condemn sin? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the great epistle of Romans 8:3-4. He says that the death of Christ is not only the foundation of our justification before God, but it is the source of our sanctification! In this we see that sin can only be fully and finally overcome by Jesus' death on the cross in our place. While the Bible is clear that we can never be perfect in this life, this does not mean that we are not always being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Those who say that they are Christians while living a life totally devoid of the fruits of the Spirit are living a lie. For all those that are justified by Christ are sanctified by his Holy Spirit/ This sermon brings the timeless message of not only the need of salvation, but also of Jesus Christ the Savior. It not only tells us of sin, but also of God’s grace in giving His only Son that we might be justified. This sermon asks us all the question, do I believe in Christ for my justification? Am I trusting in him alone? There is no more important question.
Salvation is the result of God’s grace alone! As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 2:8-10, we are not saved by anything we do or any merits we earn, but it is wholly the result of grace. For man in his sin is unable to do anything pleasing to God. For he is unable to even believe the good news of the Gospel without the work of the Holy Spirit giving him a new heart. This is contrary to what many men have believed and taught throughout the centuries. Some say that grace is good, but not sufficient to save, whereas some have gone as far as saying that by the works of the Law alone men can be saved and made right with God. But the apostle Paul clearly denies any such teaching in his insistence on the power of God’s grace alone. For through grace God gives men the gift of faith. It is faith that is the instrumental cause of justification, for by it believers are united to Christ and receive the benefits of his life, death, and resurrection. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains this great doctrine of justification by faith alone that is the very heart of Christianity. For without it there is no true gospel.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks, “Who is the man who can be justified?” He answers by saying any man that produces no works and is ungodly. Well, in accordance with Paul’s preaching throughout Romans that would be all men! Paul says this because the act of justification is entirely a work of Christ, and no work that we do could ever be part of that process. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also explains that because we are ungodly, justification does not make us righteous; it means that Christ has imputed His righteousness to our account. In this passage, Paul discusses both Abraham and David, both of whom were people of the Old Testament that received salvation by faith. Paul quotes David in this passage and Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that in this passage, forgiveness is noted as the first step in the process of reconciliation. Christ covers our sins, forgives us of our iniquities, and does not impute our sins against us. Instead, God imputed our sins on his son Jesus, which were then taken to the cross. A Christian realizes that he plays no part in this process. Salvation is purely God’s work, God’s work on the cross.
How far away is the Truth? What quest or journey must I traverse in order to find God? Is there some kind of special act I must perform in order to make my way to God? Many people teach that God is so far away that the gap is unspeakably difficult to cross. Furthermore, others teach that we must cross the gap to God by our own efforts. Whether it is Roman Catholicism, the mystical way, or Protestant intellectualism, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones finds the answer to such false systems in the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 10:5-8. The Apostle invokes the great preacher of the Law – Moses – in order to show that God has revealed Himself perfectly clearly. There is no need to ascend to heaven, or descend into the deep. God, through Christ, has revealed Himself fully in the Gospel. And the Gospel way is not about our efforts. It is not about our assent. It is not about justification by works. No! Salvation is about justification by faith alone in Christ Jesus alone. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones applies Paul’s Gospel message to our contemporary ears. Hear Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourage us with the grace-filled message of our Savior.
Justification by faith alone has been called the great doctrine on which the church stands or falls. With the emphasis on justification, many Protestants are guilty of neglecting the all-important doctrine of sanctification. As Christians strive to rightly understand what the Bible teaches about sanctification, there are many unique challenges this doctrine presents. What is the relationship between faith and works? Does the Law have any role to play in the Christian life? How does right motivation affect our works before God? In this sermon on Romans 13:11-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers these questions and more. He also alerts us to the dangers of antinomianism and legalism. These two defective beliefs work in tandem as men either think the Law does not concern them or they reduce the Christian life to outward practice of the Law. Dr. Lloyd-Jones not only warns us about the dangers of an imprecise understanding of sanctification, but also positively makes a biblical case for grounding our good works in our faith in Christ Jesus. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones uncovers the symptoms of false beliefs about sanctification, while providing the biblical treatment that will lead Christians to truly grow in their relationship with God.
Since the inception of the church, Christianity has battled the false belief of justification by works. In its modern Western form, many wrongly understand the Gospel to mean going to church, doing good, or being a “nice” person. In short, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, we live in a Christian culture which continues to preach self-righteousness, self-reliance, and self-dependence. In its primitive form, the Apostle Paul holds up the Pharisees as the prime example of those who are zealous for doing good works, and yet, are ignorant of what God’s righteousness requires in the Gospel. Their lack of knowledge has set them over against the God they claim to serve. They would rather construct their own righteousness than submit to the righteousness of God found in the Gospel of Christ. The Pharisees, and many today, are trapped in believing they can save themselves. The problem, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones in his sermon on Romans 10:1-3, is that the last people to believe the Gospel and be saved are always those who think that they can save themselves. What we need is the Gospel of grace. What we need to know and hear is the truth of what the Scriptures say God’s righteousness requires. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of our tendency towards justification by works, and the remedy in submitting to the Gospel of grace.
As Christians consider controversial topics such as predestination and election, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that we must beware of our prejudices. He says we have to keep our minds open to understand what the Apostle Paul actually says and teaches, even if, at the end, we do not agree with him. In light of this reminder, Dr. Lloyd-Jones presses on into the topic of predestination and argues that God has marked out His people for His particular purpose and end. Taking it a step further, he asks why does the “call” come as the middle link in Paul’s great chain in redemption? Why must it come before justification? Because justification is by faith alone, God’s effectual call of the Christian must come before, or there would be no movement of the person to trust in Christ. Were it not for the power of the Holy Spirit in calling the person to the Lord Jesus Christ, states Dr. Lloyd-Jones, no one would ever believe the Gospel. He then elaborates the work of the Spirit by providing biblical evidence on the nature and character of the doctrine of the effectual call of God. While doctrinally heavy, Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers several practical objections to this sovereign work of the Spirit. Listen to this sermon on Romans 8:28-30 as he gives insight to what he calls the “middle link” – the effectual call of the Holy Spirit.
Do you feel as though the Lord has withdrawn his smile from you? Does your current, difficult state worry you that perhaps you are not truly a Christian? In this sermon on Ephesians 6:10-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us that when we experience hardship and adversity we must remember that the Lord allows difficult things in our lives because he wants to grow us. This ought to be a great comfort to us in our hardship! Adversity encourages us not to rely on our good works, but to be encouraged that we are being grown and prepared for future glory with Christ. Do not question the matter of your justification when you experience trials and suffering. Rather remember that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!