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Without the facts of biblical history there is no Gospel. From a Christian perspective, this becomes most important as we approach the book of Genesis. While the first book of the Bible is full of historical facts, it is also much more than this. It is where the great biblical drama begins – the drama of what God is doing in salvation! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls us to see the big picture of the biblical message in this sermon on Genesis 3:15. He teaches the literal historical facts stated here but he also notes the beginning drama of deliverance as God pronounces a great conflict between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. In order to understand secular history, which is marked by sin, evil, war, pride, and hopelessness, we must come to grips with the biblical history of God initiating liberation of mankind from the bondage of Satan. Genesis 3:15 reminds us that mankind’s problems run much deeper than morality or mere happiness. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones says in this compelling sermon, it reminds us of our utter helpless condition, which only the cross of Christ can fix. Listen as he traces biblical history from the beginning to the end where Christ returns in glory and subdues the Devil fully and finally!
The story of the flood as found in Genesis tells us something very important about who God is and who man is. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones studies Genesis 6:7-8 and explains the justice of God that will not tolerate sin and his holiness that demands that punishment of evil. This is exactly what he did in sending the flood upon the whole earth, wiping out all the inhabitants for their iniquities. He spares only Noah and his family because Noah found favor with God. Furthermore, just as God judged the world in the time of Noah, he will also come again to judge the world and punish all evildoers who do not repent and believe in Christ Jesus. Despite this clear warning, many live as if God never judges the earth. Just as men in the time of Noah scoffed at the idea that God was going to flood the earth, so in our day, many laugh at the belief that Christ Jesus will return and bring judgment on the last day. For the Bible warns us God is just and holy, and that because of sin the whole world lies under the condemnation of God, and it is only by believing in the Gospel that any will be saved.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve find themselves in a fearful, worried state. How did they get there? This is the question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers in this sermon on Genesis 3:1. Often times we can find ourselves fearful and worried like Adam and Eve. This is because we, like them, ask the question, “Did God really say?” We have absolutely no reason to believe that God is not kind, but we still question his goodness when we are told to obey him. This is what happened to Adam and Eve; they allowed themselves to question the intentions of the Lord. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to believe what has always been true of God: that he is infinitely good, infinitely just, and infinitely holy! Give up foolish reason when you question the goodness of God. Instead of asking, “did God say?” proclaim, “I believe what God has said and I believe it!”
Why is it so important to understand the narrative of Scripture? In this sermon on Genesis 3:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the great story of the Bible by looking at the fall of man into sin, and the death of Jesus – the only remedy of sin. The state of the world can only be accounted for in the story of the Fall. When man sinned against God, the whole world fell into sin, and man became a slave of the devil. No other story can account for the sin and evil that is in the world. Only the Word of God tells us why the world is in the terrible state that it is, and God’s Word alone gives us the answer to all the world’s problems. The glorious truth of Scripture is that God has sent His only son to overcome sin, Satan, and the Fall! Jesus is the new man who has come to redeem the whole world. This is the story of the world: man sinned against God, but God has sent Jesus to make all things new. This sermon confronts us all with the truth of God’s salvation in Christ and the need to repent.
In the garden of Eden, mankind tried to recover from what was lost at the Fall; Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness with leaves and hide from God. Ever since then, mankind has never ceased to run from God and cover the results of the Fall with intellect, politics, and medicine. Ignoring the reality that no politician or medicine can address the guilt-ridden conscience. In this sermon on Genesis 3:7-8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that mankind has been trying to ignore the reality of God and of guilt ever since the garden. He illustrates this idea by calling out to the individual conscience and showing that fear of death and a guilt-ridden life have a God-given conscience in common. Do you find yourself trying to convince yourself that everything is just fine as it is? Or do you recognize that, without a Savior, this whole world is upside down and your own soul is torn with sin and guilt? Listen in and hear about the God who is both just and merciful. Do not try to cover over your inadequacies with false hopes that cannot fix your guilt stained conscience. Look to Christ who forgives sin and makes filthy consciences clean!
In an effort to address the modern criticism that Scripture has nothing much to say to us today, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives an overview of Scripture in this sermon on Genesis 12:1-4, showing how all man’s troubles throughout history have arisen from his rebellion against God. Before this pagan backdrop, the life of Abraham shines as an example to us all of what it looks like to live a life of faith. The Lord called Abram out of his old way of life, offering him His friendship and untold blessing — and Abram responded, leaving everything and becoming a sojourner in this world. Are we living like Abram? Do we have the same confidence in the Word of God? Abram’s world was exactly the same as ours today, and God requires the same response to His call — a call to repentance, seeing that the life you're living is against God and doesn't have a foundation. There is a glorious type of life possible, not based on our uncertainties or works, but a life based on the Son of God, who gives us peace with God. That was the offer made to Abram. And it is the offer made to you today. Come out of your old life and follow the call of God, through life and death, and even into the everlasting bliss of His Kingdom.
Is anyone wise, clever or powerful enough to escape the corruption of sin? No! As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims from Genesis 3, the power of sin over the world can be seen in the garden when Adam and Eve rejected God’s commands, lived by their own desires and plunged the world into disastrous sin. Ever since then, men reject the truth of Christianity claiming that it is irrational, intellectually inadequate, and foolish. Man, in his sinful pride and arrogance seeks to judge God’s Word using his intellect and mind. But according to Scripture, all men are slaves to sin and are born wholly corrupt. For only by God’s grace can those born in Adam receive new eyes and a new mind to see and know God rightly. It is not up to man and his reasoning, but to God and his infinite grace that he grants to those whom he has given to Christ Jesus. This is the heart of the gospel that God promised to Adam and Eve when he said that the seed of the women would crush the seed of the serpent once and for all. Christ was born of a woman and died upon the cross so that all who repent and believe upon his name will be saved and made inheritors of life everlasting.
What is at the root of all of man’s problems? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the fall and the first transgression of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:22-24. He says the reason our first parents sinned is because they refused to acknowledge their own creature-hood and ignorance. They sought to become like God himself. This is still the fundamental problem of sin and evil: men do not accept that they are God’s creatures and subject to his Law. Man, in his pride, seeks to understand and explain the world by his own reason and standards. But this is utter folly because apart from God, man cannot truly know himself or the world. True understanding only comes when we accept that we are not God, but we are his creatures. We must put our faith in God and in what he has done for us on the cross in Jesus Christ! Only by repenting and believing in Jesus Christ can we return to true fellowship with God and be freed from the curse of sin. This sermon calls us all to ask the question, do I believe? Have I forsaken any chance of understanding the world without Christ? There is no more important question any of us can ask because it concerns not only our good in this life, but our very eternal salvation.
What is wrong with the world today? Apart from the Bible, one can only speculate about the trouble we as humans find ourselves in. However, with the Bible, we can know the cause of our broken world, as well as the solution. In the Bible, we see God working out His plan of salvation for His rebellious people. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Genesis 11:1-32 about the Tower of Babel with this theme of Scripture in mind. In this story, he sees the whole essence of the tragedy of man. Man displayed great ingenuity in noticing the effect the sun had on clay and used that knowledge to make brick. The tragedy of man is that he uses his ingenuity to build a life apart from God. The controlling ideas of man revolve around trade, pleasure, and security; thus, the city of Babel was built out of pride and self-sufficiency. The tower was built with brick so it would last forever, yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes the trace of man’s lurking fear in the building of Babel. There was a threat of being scattered because God abhors the thought of His creation building a life apart from Him. Indeed, God came down, destroyed Babel, and scattered the people. Where is God in your view of life?
What are the needs of the Church today? Have the needs of the Church changed since early Christianity? Does the Church face the same issues as it did since it first began? These are some of the questions Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers as he dives into Genesis 26:17-18. As Isaac dug again the wells of his father Abraham, the Church must also dig again the wells that have been filled by modern Philistines through rediscovering the history of the Church. “There is nothing so foolish as to ignore the past.” It is wise to study the pattern of Revival as they have taken place, so as to expose the one main issue that hinders the growth of the Church, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes clear, “My dear friends, there is only one explanation of the state of the church today: it is the work of the Philistines.” He explains that the Church doesn’t seem to see this, and instead puts the blame on false ideas such as the modern day or “new knowledge”. We must recognize that man’s problem is still the same, God is the same, and the solution of the problem is the same; Jesus Christ.