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Man is alienated from God because of sin. This is the Word of God about Himself, man, life, reality, and how the world was meant to be. Listen in as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 22:8-14 and paints a picture of the discovery of sight when the veil is lifted from man's eyes. Man is awakened to God's perspective, no longer thoughtless and heedless. Are you living in a state of blindness? The world is not perfect, we need to see the truth! We are not in control, not even of ourselves. There is a breach in the walls of our lives and we are losing what is precious and vital. Our complacency and negligence has done this over time. Wake up! Look to the example of Israel and see yourself in the frantic, yet futile, attempt to fix this disaster. Take a look at the busyness of this present century and see how it is equally as futile. Never has there been such diligence and organization in every part of life. How can the serious accompany the flippant? The love of pleasure is fatal! Listen and hear how you imitate Israel—forgetting God and forgetting you are His. What we all need is our Maker.
What does it mean that the Lord has conquered Edom? In this sermon from Isaiah 63:1-6, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the prophecy of Isaiah where God has conquered Edom, the enemy of Israel. This prophecy looks forward to the day when God will destroy all the enemies of His people and those that persecute the Church. How does He do this? He does this by dying upon the cross for sinners. Jesus Christ is the means of overcoming sin, evil, and the Devil. Jesus has come to make sinners righteous by granting them his righteousness and adopting them into God’s family. All this is seen in God overcoming Edom. What does this mean for our everyday lives? This declaration of what God has done in Jesus Christ is our great and only hope. The truth that God has saved His people by His own hand is at the heart of the Gospel because Jesus alone saves us. It also tells us that all who reject the Gospel are enemies of God and under His judgment. The only escape from the wrath of God is through faith in Christ. This sermon is a call for all to believe in Jesus.
Has God turned His back on the Church? Why does it seem that the people of God are powerless today? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds upon a prayer of Isaiah in which the prophet recognizes the character of God and reviews the history of His people in Isaiah 63:15-19. In the prayer, we find hope for the people of Israel, but more importantly we find hope for ourselves. Dr. Lloyd-Jones covers the characteristics of Isaiah’s prayer so as to show what our prayers should contain. He notes the prayer’s urgency, importunity, emotion, and pleading. Isaiah is wrestling with God in his prayer—pleading for the nation of Israel, deeply aware of their sins and yet boldly petitioning God to have mercy. Isaiah begins by worshiping God, and then he notes his subsisting relationship with God. He asks where God’s strength and mercy are to be found. Finally, he pleads with God to look again upon his people and have mercy on them. Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes time to carefully explain some difficult words of the prayer in which Isaiah asks why God has hardened their hearts. Do you find yourself wrestling with God? Listen to this sermon and may your prayers resemble those of Isaiah.
What does the prayer of Isaiah teach is about God and us? Isaiah prays to God in a time of dire need and crisis. In this sermon from Isaiah 63:7-9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks to this prayer as an example that the Church ought to follow. The Church must recognize that they pray to a just and holy God who hears their every prayer. God is not a God who is far off! God calls His people to trust in His holy name and to believe that He will uphold them through the midst of the greatest trials and temptations. But when the Church does not trust in God and His power, they turn to worldly and vain philosophies. This is the greatest danger to the Church in every age, that they rely on everything other than God. The history of the Church shows how destructive this is. The answer is always to trust that God will do what He has promised to do through Jesus Christ in the Gospel. This sermon convicts and encourages the Church in its God-given mission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth for the glory of Christ.
Have you heard the Gospel like a trapped city hears of coming deliverance? This joy produced by the news of Scripture is a great characteristic of the Gospel. What is the story of the Bible as seen in tIsaiah 52:1-3? First, that man is a fool. We have rebelled against God and chosen lesser things over the all-satisfying goodness of who He is. Second, salvation is entirely of God’s grace. To understand this point, and the whole of the Gospel, we must understand what is wrong with us. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that we have sold our souls to sin. Because we have sold ourselves into sin, we are slaves to it. But praise be to God, this is not the end of the story. Though we have nothing to pay, God can and will redeem us! In this passage, He says that we are redeemed without money— why? First, because we ultimately have nothing to pay. We are broken sinners with nothing to bring before God. Second, our redemption is without money because it has already been paid for on the cross of Jesus Christ. All that is required is for us to repent from our sins and disobedience against God and believe in the Gospel. This, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is what brings deliverance from sin and peace with God for this life and the next.
In his book, the prophet Isaiah demonstrates deep concern for the City of God. In this sermon on Exodus 33:18-23, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones stresses that today Christians should be just as concerned for the Church and God’s people. Do we realize what the Church is? She is the bride of Christ, the City of God, and His dwelling place. He suggests that if we don’t have the same concern Isaiah had, perhaps it is because we don’t possess the right conception of the Church. And if we don’t, we cannot love it the way Christ does. But what we see in the life of Isaiah is a burdened heart; a heart broken over the state of the remnant of God’s people. He prays to the Lord and pleads with the people to remember His goodness and mercy. When the Church seems to be only a remnant, weak and small, we must remember that she is a holy people; the place where God dwells. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out a few areas we must act upon our concern for the Church such as doctrine, prayer, and evangelism. He reminds us to pray for revival and encourage others to do the same. In doing so, we are to remind God of His own promises and what He has said about Zion, the City of David, and His Church.
What ought to be the prayer of God’s people in all times? It is the prayer that God would come down and save His people. It is the prayer that God would deliver His people from suffering and persecution. It is the prayer that God would save sinners and make them spotless children of God! In this sermon on Isaiah 64:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the need for God’s people to always pray for God to show mercy and compassion to His people. The Church should pray this prayer in faith and belief that God is as loving and good as He has told them He is! It is a prayer that relies on the absolute greatness of God to be what He has said He will. The Church can know that in the midst of a world that is hostile to God and His people, God is always for them in His Son, Jesus Christ. This sermon encourages both believers and unbelievers to turn away from doubt and unbelief and to trust in God who is always faithful! This sermon tells us of man’s sin, but most of all, it speaks of God who is gracious and who has sent His Son to redeem all things.
What separates men from God? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on Isaiah 40:25-28, the answer is God’s holiness. Because man is sinful and fallen, he is alienated from God. For sinners cannot approach God or stand before Him because they are unclean and unholy. How, then, can any man come before God? The answer is found not in what man can do, but in what God does. For God is both the just and the justifier in the salvation of man by sending His Son into the world to die in the place of sinners. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was born of a virgin and died in the place of sinners bearing their sins upon Himself. All who believe in Christ receive the great benefits of salvation and are made right before God. How can man stand before a holy God? The answer is they stand before God by standing in the righteousness of Christ Jesus and are found by God to be in Christ. The great truth of the Gospel is though men are sinful and vile, God makes them holy by sending His Son to die in their place on order that they might have life everlasting.
How does the Bible describe the folly of sinful men? While many today claim that to reject God and His revelation is to become enlightened, the Bible denounces unbelief as spiritually bankrupt and ultimately foolish. In this sermon on Isaiah 40:18-24 Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches the biblical truth that those who reject God inevitably fashion an idol of their own making; whether it is politics, money, power, or fame, everybody worships something. The question is not: do you worship something? But the question is: what do you worship? The Bible calls all idols what there are, lifeless images that cannot save you in the time of need. They are deaf, dumb, blind, and mute. But the God of Scripture is the Creator of the heavens and the earth! He hears the prayers of His people and saves them from their sins. God has not abandoned humanity in the midst of their idol worship and spiritual rebellion, but has sent Jesus Christ into the world to die for sinners. Jesus has come and died so that all who believe in Him would not perish but live as children of God! The sermon calls all men to forsake their idols and worship the true and living God in His son, Jesus Christ!
Have you heard someone say that the Bible is outdated, that it was written so long ago that it no longer has any relevance for the “advanced” world today? The Bible has one clear message throughout— why the world is as it is, and how it can be fixed. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that far from being too old and irrelevant, Scripture is the only tool we can use to help the state of the world today because it speaks to the core questions and desires that every generation from the dawn of time has wrestled with. The first point Isaiah 5:1-7 addresses is the root of the issues faced today. Man’s ultimate trouble, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is that he does not know and believe the truth about himself, and thus acts accordingly. This passage reinforces the idea that man is not an evolved animal but rather a being created in the image of God. The second point touches on the unreasonable nature of man’s behavior and conduct in light of what God has revealed about Himself. Third, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that man’s conduct is inexcusable— God has done everything that could be done for us, and yet we still choose rebellion. The solution? We must repent from our sins— turn from our disobedience against God and His commands— and trust in Jesus for forgiveness of our sins!