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Some find it hard to know how to regard the differences in spiritual maturity that exists among Christians. Are these differences always good? Bad? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dives into Romans 14:1 and provides some biblical answers to these questions. He starts by asking a foundational question: what does it mean to be weak in faith? The believers Paul was talking about and writing to were true Christians that were falling into legalism. He reminds us that all believers are the same as it relates to justification and regeneration and our basic need for being saved from sins. However, some are stronger than others. What causes this? Dr. Lloyd-Jones posits that natural personality often lends itself to different strengths and weaknesses in different people. Additionally, the diligence and application of people as Christians also play a large part in the strength or weakness of someone’s faith. He also suggests that the length of time one has been a Christian will affect this. Thankfully, many of these are things that we have the power to grow in by the grace of God, so if your faith is weak, do not be anxious— continue to seek the Lord, and it will grow!
The Jews have continued to believe that their actions, mainly their dedication to keeping the Law, is what justifies them. The Jews have misunderstood the Law and its purpose. Because of this, Paul is laying to rest this foolish thinking once again. In Romans 10:5, Paul is essentially saying that even Moses said that those who attempt to live by their actions will also be judged by their actions. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that the Jews were ignorant of God’s righteousness, ignorant of their own abilities, and thus have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. Paul continues to emphasize the doctrine of justification by faith only. There is not one thing in the process of salvation that has to do with us, it is entirely a matter of God’s free sovereign choice. If the Jews want to live by their actions to the Law, then Paul says they must keep the whole Law! You are not able to only keep certain laws. If even one law is broken, you have failed completely! Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that no one wants to live under that kind of rule and reign. Therefore, we should be thankful of the Lord’s work in us, breaking us free from the Law!
How does faith impact our entire life? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlines five ways that Abraham’s faith affected his whole world, not just his justification. It is important to note that faith is much different from just belief. Faith is a concrete certainty that is unwavering. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. Because of Abraham’s strong faith, it allowed him to truly believe God’s promises for him and his life. It enabled him to rest on God’s word alone without any other evidence. His faith also helped him believe the promises of God even though they seemed completely impossible. Lastly, his faith enabled him to act upon the promises that the Lord set before him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also then outlines how Abraham’s faith enabled him in these five ways. When we examine our own lives, it can be easy to trade faith for merely belief. True faith faces the facts and makes a man strong, never staggering at the Lord’s promises. May we hear this sermon and be encouraged to have faith like Abraham.
Why was the baby Jesus born in the manger? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on John 17:25, it was for nothing less than the redemption of the whole world. Jesus came into the world to live the perfect life and die upon the cross as the only way of salvation. This is opposed to those who claim that Christianity is concerned with merely moral reform. For Christ did come to just to set an example for how we live, but He died so that we could have true life. What does this mean for us? This means that salvation is not about morality, nor is it about our own works, but salvation comes from who Christ is and what He has done. The world does not know this. For so many men and women live their lives seeking their own pleasure and justification. But in Christ we see God dying in our stead for our redemption. We should turn away from ourselves and the world by looking to Christ and His work. Once we are saved, we are no longer under the power of sin and darkness, we are no longer subject to the judgment of this world. This message of Jesus is our only hope for salvation.
The expression “missing the wood from the trees” is particularly appropriate when we approach a new section of sacred Scripture. While it is tempting to focus on individual subsections in Romans 9-11, we would do well, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, to keep an overall big picture in mind. In his introductory sermon to Romans 9, he provides a helpful overview of these key chapters. Dr. Lloyd-Jones demurs from well-loved interpreters who elevate the doctrine of predestination and election as central to chapters 9-11. He also objects to placing the question of salvation for Jews, and conflict with Gentiles, at the center of this section. Instead, he argues for a much bigger central theme of this section. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Paul is harmonizing the ways of God. What we find in this section, in other words, is Paul’s way of harmonizing the Old Testament with the New Testament. There is no contradiction in God’s purposes as Paul talks about the old covenant in relation to the new. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shares his justification for this conclusion by drawing our attention to Romans 11:33-36 and the Apostle’s doxology. Listen as he traces the central theme of Romans 9-11 as well as subsidiary themes of this most important section in all of Scripture.
What is a covenant? Generally, it can be defined as an agreement, or a pact, that two parties enter into on the basis of prearranged conditions. What must it mean for us that God has entered into a covenant with man? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a brief survey of God’s covenants with man throughout history, highlighting God’s covenant of grace as revealed in the Old Testament. God has promised to be a God unto man, and this is significant because man has sinned against God, yet He has made a way for us to declare that He is ‘my God.’ We can know God through Jesus Christ, our mediator who came on the scene in the New Testament. Thus, the covenant of grace has been administered in two parts, the old and the new. Here, Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses on the covenant of grace administered in the Old Testament. God’s covenant of works with Adam, God’s covenant of common grace with Noah, God’s covenant of justification by faith with Abraham, and God’s covenant of Law with His people at Sinai are all different yet intertwined. Ultimately, they all culminate in the person and work of Jesus Christ. If we look for the Gospel in the Old Testament, we will most certainly find it in what we know to be the covenant of grace.
What is the purpose of God's law? Why was it given to us? From the pulpit of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, listen as the words of Paul are explained showing what the law could not do, why the law could not do it, how the Lord has done what the law could not, and the result that is produced in us. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks us through these four points in his sermon on Romans 8:3-4. The law cannot enable us to fill its own demands, which is righteousness. A believing Christian is no longer under the law or the under the reign of sin, but rather living a life under grace in a new life with Christ. Why does the law fail at this? Because it depends on us and our efforts and we are weak. However, it does show us our great need to be delivered from sin. Finally, at the heart of the Gospel, God has provided salvation for us through His own actions. Christ gave the law, but not in order to save men. He alone produces the only way of salvation and justification. Dr. Lloyd-Jones continually emphasizes Paul’s point, the law cannot save us and that it only allows us to see the sin in our lives.
In his sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers an important question: what does it mean to be sanctified, and how does the process of sanctification come about? Reading from Romans 8:16, he reminds us that sanctification comes after salvation, after our spirit has been testified by the Spirit of God. This moment in the believer's life is when he or she becomes part of God’s family, just as He set apart the Jews in the Old Testament. And here, Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives a sturdy definition of sanctification: the process in which a Christian progressively becomes cleansed of sin. Now, this definition raises another question, he says. When is a believer sanctified? Some parties claim the process is instantaneous, occurring right after a person is saved. No, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. There is a difference between justification and sanctification. For if all believers were sanctified at the moment of faith, what purpose does the instruction of the Bible serve? In closing, he reminds us of when we were justified through Christ, aware of God’s grace and the weight of our sin. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points toward sanctification, a process every believer goes through, at the pace, and for whatever glory, God determines.
The Bible tells us that all humans are guilty of sin. In this sermon on Romans 5:12-21, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dives deeper into this truth to discover the magnitude of what this actually means. He begins by showing us through Scripture that our sin goes all the way back to the first sin of Adam. Death, the punishment of sin, was passed to all generations through the first act of sin by Adam. He then goes on to point out how this means sin and its consequences were evident even before the Law was given. Adam’s sin was imputed to all mankind from the very beginning, causing us all to be guilty of sin. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones does not stop there, but instead goes on to show the parallel between our relationship with Adam and our relationship with Jesus. The same way that Adam imputed sin to us through his actions, Jesus likewise imputed to us His righteousness. Just as one offense brought death to all mankind, so also Jesus’ one act of obedience put away our many offenses aside in forgiveness. He concludes by showing the beauty of the justification Jesus brought to us in light of this parallel.
What is the purpose of baptism? Why did Jesus teach us to baptize after someone is saved? In this second sermon in his sacrament series, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes us through a topic sometimes debated even amongst believers. Baptism’s meaning, he says, is a outward illustration of the inward cleansing from the pollution of sin. It’s purpose is not to cleanse us from sin and regenerate us because that would mean that people are saved through the work of baptism, something that Scripture clearly denies. So, what does it accomplish? Baptism serves as a sign and seal of one’s justification and remission of sins. And yet, says The Doctor, not everyone is eligible to be baptized. This teaching runs counter to the Catholic teaching on baptism. What about infant baptism? Should babies be baptized? Running through a list of arguments for and against infant baptism, Lloyd-Jones shows from Scripture that this practice is not biblical since the Bible encourages only believers to be baptized. He also touches on another hot-button topic: should baptism only be full-immersion, or is sprinkling acceptable? He provides the historical and scriptural background for immersion and sprinkling, and aids the listener in coming to a biblically supported position on the issue— a position that might surprise some!