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The law of God condemns us but the grace of God saves us. So what room is there to boast? There are three deductions that Paul is drawing with his description of salvation: there can no longer be any boasting, the gospel is for all people without distinction, and the gospel establishes the law. Some Jews may feel that with this new message about receiving salvation through faith means that their law is void, but Paul says that is unthinkable! This salvation is a justification whereby God has declared us as righteous in His sight. In this passage, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Paul is repeating what the Lord said in the Sermon on the Mount. The Lord honored the law in His active obedience, and nothing that he would do would prove the law void. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides seven points of how the cross and salvation honors the law and discusses reasons why people would reject this teaching.
God’s purpose for everything He does, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is our sanctification. However, there are three dangers that Lloyd-Jones outlines: Christians must not separate justification and sanctification. Christians cannot believe to both receive sanctification at the time of salvation and also at a point in the future, and Christians must be wary of preaching a false evangelism that stops at forgiveness and excludes holy living. But why should we care about living a life that is pleasing to God? Because God is holy. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains our responsibility in sanctification. While the Holy Spirit is at work within us, we must not resist His work! Paul wrote about this in Romans 8 and other passages, teaching that we must actively seek to eliminate sin from our lives. Listen as Lloyd-Jones explains how we can come alongside the Holy Spirit in His work of making us more like Jesus Christ!
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? Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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. Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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.
What authority does the Gospel come with? What authority did the apostles have to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ? In this sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the authority of Scripture and how God uses His Word to command the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Gospel is not the product of clever human reasoning or philosophy. It is the work of Jesus Christ that is revealed in holy Scripture. Man cannot find it by searching for it, but man can only know the Gospel because God has graciously chosen to reveal it to man through His revelation. This is why the church of modern times must be like the apostles and proclaim the Gospel to all men; they must share the Good News that Jesus has died for sinners and risen from the grave for their justification! This sermon calls us all to examine ourselves to see if we have believed in this message of salvation from sins. For there is no other way to be saved than by believing in Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to stand in the grace of God? The apostle Paul tells us that all who believe are no longer under the power of sin and death, but are now in God’s grace. In this sermon on Romans 5:1-2, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on this great declaration. He says that to be in God’s grace is to be justified before God. It is to be in the family of God. For all that God saves, He secures and grants perseverance. This is the blessing of justification, peace, and security with God through Christ. And through the Holy Spirit we are sanctified. All of this is a result of our being justified by faith. All believers ought to strive to have a full assurance that they have been redeemed in Christ and are now indwelt by the Holy Spirit! We now boldly approach God because we are His children and heirs! We do not live in fear of punishment, for we are wholly in Christ Jesus. This sermon on the glories of salvation causes us all to ask the question, do I believe? Have I been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the family of God?
Is Jesus is all He claims to be? Is He is God? Did He die for sinners? Is He the true and better Adam? Is He the Savior? In this sermon on John 4:13-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on Jesus Christ as the personal Savior, and how this truth applies to guilty consciences. For the Law tells of guilt, and hearts confirm this judgment – it is a matter of conscience. The only hope is not to quell the conscience, but to believe and receive total forgiveness. Jesus Christ came and died in order that the Law would be fulfilled. What does this mean for the human conscience? A conscience convicting a sinner of sin must not be ignored, but they also should not turn to self-justification. The answer is in Christ. He has freed his people from desires to vindicate themselves and appease guilty consciences by works. Jesus himself said that He is humanity’s righteousness and hope. For all who believe in Jesus can have full assurance that they have been saved and are now children of God.
God’s judgements and actions are something entirely incomprehensible to man. The independence of man is often proclaimed, but listen to this sermon on Romans 11:33-36 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dissects this tendency. Salvation comes in and through God, there is nothing man can do. Learn how man’s essential problem is his ignorance. Man is always ready to give his advice, but who can advise God? Does man have anything to give to God? Look within yourself and consider this. Left to himself, man is in sin and a hopeless debtor. “The whole of the cosmos is going to display… the glory of God.” From justification to glorification, it is all absolutely a work of God, void of any work of man. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all. Salvation and the whole of man’s life is for the glory of God. Look at creation and see how the world overflows with the glory of God. Do you know anything of this glory? Contemplate your condition. Confess that you are nothing and gladly acknowledge, “you are what you are solely by the grace of God.” Stop arguing with God and rejoice.
What is faith? Is it simply belief in some divine power? Is it merely confidence in belief itself? In this sermon on Romans 4:22-25, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer the question of what true faith is. Biblical faith is not a generic faith in an idea of God or even salvation, but it an absolute trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ! It is a faith in the message that Jesus has died and risen from the dead. It is a faith that revolves around what Jesus has done for sinners by dying on the cross. For it is the death and resurrection of Jesus that saves us and makes us right before God. It is Jesus' work on the cross that brings us to a true knowledge of God the Father. The only thing left to do is to believe in Jesus, to come before God in need of His grace and mercy. Just as Abraham believed in the promises of God and it was accounted to him as righteousness, so too all that believe in the promise of God in Jesus Christ will justified before God! This sermon is a message of hope and peace in the salvation that Jesus’ brings.
What is “peace with God” and how does one attain this? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses this as he begins preaching on Romans 5. Paul has just finished explaining that righteousness by faith was not only imputed for Abraham, but also for us! The apostle is now going to show us the absolute finality and fullness of our salvation, which comes to us as a result of our faith. The greatest proof of our final salvation and the assurance we have in this is our union with Christ! Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains three things that justification by faith does for us: it puts us at peace with God, puts us firmly in a place of all blessings, and enables us to exalt the prospect of our future glorification. Before we are even able to obtain blessings or think about future glorification, we need to have access to the Lord. Salvation and all its blessings only attained through our Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then goes on to define and explain what peace with God is and how Paul will continue on with this theme in the coming verses.
Does your battle against sin feel hopeless? Will we ever conquer this war against our flesh? As Christians, we have died, we have been buried, and we have been crucified with Christ. But yet we still sin! Paul has explained that all Christians were previously under the wrath, rule, and reign of sin. However, just as we were related and joined with Adam, so now we are related and joined with Christ who died on the cross. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones emphasizes that this has happened, without question! It is the first step in justification. In addition to being joined in Christ’s death, we have been buried with Christ as well. Burial is always the final proof of death. This means that we are truly done with our past way of life and sin. Finally, we join Christ in His resurrection. Christ could not be held by the power of death and the glory and power of God raised him from the dead. That same glory and power raised us as well! Because of this, Lloyd-Jones urges us to walk in this newness of life. Rejoice in the fact that we are joined with Christ and walk with Him in our new life!