Revelation and Reason
A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? (ESV)
“Why is it that modern man, who has been so astounding in so many respects, is such a miserable and tragic failure in the whole questions of life and of living?” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks this question to highlight that though man has achieved enormous accomplishments, he is still suffering with the basic questions of life, questions that are solved only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why are people generally interested in seeking answers from anyone except God? Why, instead of coming to Jesus, do they fall at the feet of celebrities who are also struggling? Ultimately, why do they reject the Gospel? In this sermon from 1 Corinthians 3:16, The Doctor reminds us that man’s ultimate sin is intellectual pride. God’s salvation brings it to dust, yet, man rejects this because of his confidence in himself. God’s way of solving the problems of life are far different from the world’s approach. Lloyd-Jones provides three ways in which the two pathways are different: the world relies on man’s wisdom, the world says that man is good in and of himself, and the world holds that the issue needing to be fixed is a matter of intellect, not sin. However, Scripture shows the opposite— man’s problem is sin, and the only solution is a Savior.