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Can someone who has been justified be once again condemned because of sin? In Romans 8:34 Paul says that this question is unthinkable for those who are in Christ Jesus! Christ took all of our condemnation with Him on the cross and the Son will no more bring any charge against us or be the means of our condemnation any more than the Father Himself. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones divides Paul’s proofs into four main arguments: Christ has died, He has risen again, He is at the right hand of God, and He is making intercession for us. Because of these four things, we can rest assured that it is impossible for God to punish us once again because Christ died for our sin and bore our punishment so that we can now be alive in God. This means that a believer has been justified and justification is a declaration that we are no longer under condemnation. God’s justice was fully satisfied on the cross and, therefore, God’s justice should be viewed as our greatest security and comfort. Also, because Christ was raised from the dead shows us that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and all condemnation has been fully dealt with!
The believer in Christ is caught up in a grand Trinitarian story between the mutual glorification of the Father and the Son. This cosmic story of God’s glory, thankfully, bestows unbelievable benefits upon unworthy sinners. Everything that is true of us, as we are united with Christ, are guaranteed because everything God has purposed in and through the Son must be fully successful. The Son will be glorified in the salvation of His people! In this sermon on Romans 8:28-30, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones connects God the Father’s grand purpose in the glorification of His Son to our ultimate grounds of assurance. Dr. Lloyd-Jones assures us based upon the Apostle Paul’s words that every detail in the believer’s salvation – foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification – will be accomplished in perfect detail. Furthermore, Dr. Lloyd-Jones works through the biblical texts across the New Testament and comes to a clear definition for the controversial term “foreknowledge.” With consistency and care, he argues that the term means God setting His love upon His people. Moreover, there is very little difference between the biblical teaching of foreknowledge and the doctrine of predestination. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives believers unlimited grounds for assurance.
Man's fundamental needs are to know the truth about the world, himself, and God. The Gospel provides these truths and thankfully does not merely stop there – it is good news! Not a product of man, the Gospel is a certain revelation of God’s eternal heart. God has made a way of salvation for our predicament. How can these blessings become ours? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he teaches how God can be your Father! “And can it be that I should gain an interest in my Savior's blood?” This sermon shows Paul's urgent concern for the people who had gone wrong on how to become possessors of this blessing. Learn about the truth that changed Luther, and many mighty men of God, and caused the Protestant Reformation. What is the doctrine of justification by faith? Preaching must explain this particular doctrine. How does one become a Christian? Is it birth, nationality, circumcision, baptism, diet, the Law? No! The Law is absolute – if we fail in one part, we have broken it entirely. God alone can make man a Christian. Rejoice! Christ has taken our sin and clothes us with His righteousness. Believe what God says and rest in His salvation.
How does sanctification work? How does a person change? These are important questions for anyone seriously examining their own soul or discipling others. In this discourse Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones dissects the particular work of the Holy Spirit in John 1:16. He shows, from Scripture, that the Holy Spirit is the one that directly ministers sanctification to, and in, us. Furthermore, he shows how this doctrine of sanctification is related to regeneration and justification. He shows that the sanctification of the Holy Spirit is progressive. It happens over time. He also illustrates that this sanctification and regeneration makes a man or woman new at the core, while not changing secondary likes and attributes. Dr. Lloyd-Jones uses Paul as a poignant example. Paul is a zealous and incredible character, both before and after his conversion. His zeal did not change; what changed was his entire aim and controlling disposition. Where he once was zealous in persecution, he became zealous in evangelism and discipleship. Is this true of you? Have your abilities been reformed and brought under new management? Has the direction of your passions changed? Christianity does not need change your skills. Rather, it subjects every ability to the God who gave them!
What does it mean to seek baptism of the Spirit? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from John 1:26-33 to encourage Christians that we must seek baptism of the Spirit. By this, he means to seek the salvation of God both in justification and sanctification. God justifies us completely upon conversion, but His wondrous and purging sanctification will last a lifetime in our hearts until being made perfect before His throne upon our death. Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts that many Christians seek growth and baptism of the Spirit spasmodically, in that they pray only seasonally. God often grows us only after driving us to the point of despair so that we may see our inadequacy in comparison to His glorious completeness. What Dr. Lloyd-Jones instructs is that we ought to seek the Lord constantly in our prayers and we must be consistent and patient with the way in which God brings about growth – after all, God's ways are not our ways! Dr. Lloyd-Jones also has a word on reading biographies; biographies are meant to stimulate us to seek God, not motivate us to seek the same experience as others. The saints of old can teach us what it means to love the Lord.
Do you understand the depths of the riches of God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believes that Romans 11:33-36 is the best doxology in Scripture. He warns not to take this passage out of context, for Paul is praising God after expounding wondrous truths for much of the letter! One cannot fully appreciate Paul's doxology without understanding the parts that make up the whole. Paul is saying these things after expounding wondrous truths about justification by faith, God's mercy on the Jews as well as the Gentiles, and other magnificent truths. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that many have sought to explain this passage by claiming that Paul has stopped seeking to understand God's truths and instead broken out into praise. While this is well-meaning, it does not capture the truth of the passage. Paul is worshipping God indeed, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, but only during his learning of God's wondrous doctrines. This is not a mindless doxology, rather is a very mindful one. Along the same lines, it is not just the depth of the riches that Paul is referring to – it is the depth of the riches of God. How wonderfully kind of God to give eternal life to all those who would call upon His name!
By denying the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, there will be inevitable negative implications for everything else that is true about Christian salvation. Perhaps even more problematic, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his sermon on Romans 8:28-30, is the confusion and chaos that is introduced in the mind of God by those affirming the apostasy of genuine believers. He examines the harmony of each each link in the Apostle Paul’s unbreakable chain, noting how each inevitably hangs together. By considering the negative implications for our doctrine of predestination and foreknowledge, Dr. Lloyd-Jones demonstrates the absurd conclusions we must affirm about God when we hold to the possibility of a true believer to falling from grace. Continuing through the chain of redemption, he argues that those who affirm the apostasy position makes God’s “call” pointless and the doctrine of justification an error-filled action on God’s part. The doctrine of rebirth and our union with Christ, however, should settle the matter altogether, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones. It is scandalous to suggest that God’s creative work in giving new life, and His seating us in the heavenly places with Christ, can be suddenly undone. Listen to Dr. Lloyd-Jones' argument for an unbreakable chain in salvation. Find encouragement in the blessed assurance we have from beginning to end!
Mankind is the crown of God’s creation according to Genesis 1-2. Adam and Eve’s innocent state before the God whose image and likeness they reflected, represented the tremendous glory given to them. Sadly, all this was affected by the Fall. What then is the ultimate goal of salvation? As wonderful as forgiveness of sin may be, is salvation merely that? As gracious as avoiding the eternal wrath of God in hell would be, is that all salvation is about? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says we should praise God because salvation is so much more! Not only do we attain the original glory of man in the garden, but in Christ we anticipate and will receive much more glory than Adam ever experienced – perfection! In this sermon on Romans 8:17-18, Dr. Lloyd-Jones lays out the Apostle Paul’s argument regarding the glorification that awaits the Christian. Glorification is the Christian’s goal, not mere justification, and not even sanctification. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says a biblical view of glorification is important for our Christian lives, especially during times of great suffering. In fact, Paul constantly connects suffering with glory in the life of the believer. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones brings out the great implications and application of this truth for our pilgrim life today.
The purposes of human beings are often frustrated and thwarted by others. We work out every detail in order to ensure the working out of our plan, only to find out that it was all for nothing. What about God’s plan? What about God’s purpose in salvation and history? Does the Triune God shift His plans according to circumstances provoked by sinful men and demonic opposition? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:26-30 on the absolute, definite plan of God. His plan of salvation did not originate after the Fall of man, nor is salvation in Christ a response to Israel’s rejection of salvation through the Law (despite Dispensationalism’s teaching), but the Father’s plan to send the Son and obtain salvation for His people was ordained before the foundation of the world. The definite plan of God in salvation, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, must be true or God is no longer God. Furthermore, God’s foreknowledge and predestination is a means of comfort for suffering believers. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches on the glorious truth that our justification, all the way to our glorification, is certain because it is in the sovereign control of our Triune God. Glory be to God!
Is humanity responsible for all the evil in the world? The Bible says that man was made in the image of God and he was made upright, but he sinned and become corrupt when he put his own wisdom above that of God. Ever since then, all the children of Adam and Eve have been born in sin and corruption. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains in this sermon from Ezekiel 36:16, this sinful nature lies at the heart of all false worship and rebellion of men. What is the cure for man’s sinful and depraved nature? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that it is none other than the death of God’s own Son upon the cross of Calvary. Man’s depravity is so thorough that it must be removed by Jesus Christ dying for sinners so that they would be clean. No moral improvement, no amount of education, and no good deeds can ever atone for our sin. Only Jesus can cleanse us of all sin and makes us holy before God. All men must repent and believe upon the crucified Son of God in order to be freed from death and the power of Satan, and transferred into the kingdom of God. All self-righteousness and self-justification must be abandoned at the foot of the cross where Jesus bled and died so that sinners might have eternal life.