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Sanctification is an essential and inevitable part of the life of all who are truly regenerate and saved. But as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes from Ephesians 5:25-27, it is a lifelong process by which the believer is conformed to the image of Christ and grown in love and knowledge of God our Savior. It is the outworking of the justification and forgiveness of sin that all Christians receive at salvation by becoming partakers of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. The Word of God is essential to sanctification. However, this is not the belief that Christians are to let go and let God, but rather, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones states, it is the recognition that the Word of God is the means that the Holy Spirit uses to grow us in knowledge and love of Christ. Another erroneous view of sanctification and salvation is that of baptismal regeneration. This is the view that at baptism, Christians are cleansed of original guilt and the stain of sin. But biblically, baptism is a sign of the transformation and new life that we have in Christ, not the means of acquiring it. Another essential aspect of sanctification is the conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit. Here we see again how the Word of God, and particularly the ten commandments, can be used to further sanctify and bring Christians closer to God.
The grounds for any relationship is a mutual interest and certain likeness. This is no different in our relationship with God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains this as righteousness; that one’s nature corresponds to the nature of God. This leads to a question: how then can anyone be righteous? Man cannot arrive at knowledge of God because he cannot produce righteousness. As a result, in our fallen condition, we are prone to righteousness by works. This will never do. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains from John 1:16 how to get back into a state of fellowship with God––it is the doctrine of justification by faith. Through Christ, our guilt is removed and we are given His righteousness. And this righteousness is permanent. The relationship with God is now absolute. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. What does this mean for the believer? It means that the devil can never raise within us the question of our standing with God. Yes, Satan will still accuse us. And what he says about our actions is true. But the believer’s hope is not in himself––it is in Christ who has saved us. Christians are recipients of grace upon grace.
What is so dangerous about the religious life? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes up this question in this sermon on John 3:1-8. He says that often time people who claim to be religious are trying to live as Christians without actually being saved! They try to be sanctified without being justified. This is a hopeless way to live life because it treats Christianity as a graceless religion that is attained by our own works alone. This is similar to the error of intellectualism, which says that Christianity is about simply knowing and assenting to certain truths. Both of these views lose sight of what it means to be justified freely in the grace of God as the foundation of the Christian life. Both of these views replace the grace of God with man’s works. What do you believe about the Christian life? Is it merely intellectual and works based? Or are you trusting the justifying grace of God that alone has the power to save and make fallen sinners new? This message of justification is the only hope that this world has because it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all who believe!
Doctrine and practice must not be separated. This seemingly simple truth has great impact on how Christians live and seek to obey Christ. In this sermon on Romans 10:1-21, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the apostle Paul’s doctrine of the Christian life in all its glory and weightiness. Out of the great truths of justification by faith, predestination, and perseverance comes a view of the life that is grounded in the person and work of Christ. As Christians, we must seek to trust God and His providence. We must be faithful to the command to evangelize, and we must seek to love our neighbors as ourselves. We must also be aware of the danger to intellectualize Christianity at the expense of practice. Some say things such as, "If God is sovereign, why pray?" Or, "If God elects, why evangelize?" However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns us not to try to use our vain logic to understand God, but rather we are to read Scripture faithfully and submit to all of God’s teaching. How then does doctrine relate to practice? The answer is that doctrine informs how God desires us to live as new creatures in Christ Jesus.
In this sermon Romans 5:18-19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues speaking on the topic of our relationship with Adam and our relationship with Christ. He focuses again on the striking contrast between these two relationships and the different ways we have been affected by each one. He begins by pointing out the whole reason for looking into this topic: to show the completeness of justification by faith. We do not become saved of our own doing, because from the moment we are born we are sinners. He then dives in deeper to how the one sin of Adam has affected all of humanity. It was through Adam’s disobedience that we were made sinners, or put into the category of sinners. On the other hand, it was through Christ’s one act of obedience that we have salvation. Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes the time to point out that Christ was obedient in both an active and passive manner. It was because of His full obedience that we have been justified and God has pronounced us righteous. However, this gift is nothing we have earned. It has been given freely to us because of the obedience of Christ. Praise the Lord for His goodness to us!
Evangelical union is not simply a matter of associations and coalitions, but it is a based on the central doctrines of the faith. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, these are the doctrines of the natures of Christ, the sufficient atoning work Christ, the doctrine of justification by faith, and the doctrine of God’s Word. This is a Spirit empowered supernatural work in the life of believers that unite them to God and one another. The Church cannot sacrifice the truth of the Christian faith and God’s Word for the appearance of union, for true evangelical union is found in the non negotiable doctrines of Christianity. Evangelicals should seek to build up the Church around God’s truth as found in His Word. To substitute unity in the gospel for a worldly unity based on nothing more than human institutions is to compromise the truth of the Christian faith. The pursuit of evangelical union will often cause controversy and division, but this is the inevitable effect of seeking to follow God above man. So, evangelicals are not to compromise the glorious truths of God’s word for the fading recognition of sinful man and the world. For God commands His church to follow him no matter the cost.
There is a restlessness which surrounds the non-Christian. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, alluding to holy Scripture, says the man whose sins have not been forgiven is like the troubled sea. Picking up on what perhaps might be an unusual placement of “peace” in Romans 8:5-8, he defends the Apostle Paul’s emphasis on peace here and throughout the letter. Dr. Lloyd-Jones is able to connect the theme of peace to justification by faith, and the righteousness of God in Romans. Furthermore, he elaborates on the natural man’s position before God, which is enmity and not peace. The natural man, who is controlled by a life of sin, is living in dissatisfaction. While he is always trying to find peace and joy, he cannot. However, the result of being governed by the Spirit is life and peace. This person, argues Dr. Lloyd-Jones, understands the meaning of life in this world. He also has an inner harmony, as well as an external harmony, with others. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to find true peace by being governed by the Spirit, and being able to stand blameless and faultless before a holy and righteous God.
How do you feel about your own sin? Does your sin disgust you and drive you to confession and repentance? How do you feel about Jesus Christ? Are you drawn to love God, His Word, and people more and more? In this sermon on John 1:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delves into the joyous details surrounding the love of our Savior and how His love affects our lives and desires. Paramount to understanding how the love of Christ affects us is understanding the doctrine of our union with Christ. This doctrine explains that those who have repented and believed in Christ are also united with Him. This not only means that the Christian is united to a righteousness like Christ’s through sanctification and justification, but also that we have been united to a death like Christ’s, namely, that we have died to sin. From this point Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows how the follower of Christ is not merely credited with Christ’s goodness, but also given a new heart and new desires to put off sin and put on righteousness. This means that the Christian cannot shake a hatred for the sin that he commits and can’t help but love God more and more!
What does it mean that Jesus Christ is the foundation of our salvation? The theme of Jesus as God’s appointed Savior is found all throughout the gospel of John. In this sermon from John 2:23-25, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds in this great doctrine and its significance for all men. The biblical message of salvation is the proclamation that God has acted in Jesus Christ to redeem His people from sin and bondage. It is wholly a work of grace that cannot be improved on or added to; it cannot be made more perfect than it is. Jesus alone saves! Any desire to add to the work of Christ distorts the Gospel and denies Jesus as the sole savior of the world. What does this message mean for each and every one of us? First and foremost, it is a call to repent and believe in Jesus. Sinners should not go another day without trusting in the compassion and love of God. For those that already believe, they must seek to live in the power of Christ and reject all efforts of self-justification. Jesus is the captain of our salvation because He is the only one that can save us from sin, death, and the judgment of God.
What does it mean to be a Christian? If you have been in church for any length of time, this question might sound like something that doesn’t need to be addressed. But, even Paul writes about this, saying that it is good for Christians to be reminded of the core truths of the Gospel. In this sermon on Philippians 3:3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us review one of the most central parts of Scripture— what it means to be a follower of Christ. First, to be a Christian, one must believe in God. This, too, can seem like an obvious statement, yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that it must be said. You can worship religion without worshipping God. Do you? True worship, he reminds us, is worship in the Spirit. Second, the true Christian has no confidence in human effort, experience, or heritage in order to find justification before God. In and of ourselves, we are hopeless to earn our way to a right relationship with God. We are entirely dependent on God’s free gift of salvation to be made right with God. Third, the true Christian rejoices. Dr. Lloyd-Jones presses the urgency that we cannot rejoice in Christ unless we believe in the Scriptural account of Jesus and trust His salvation.