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A Vain and Empty Life

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A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:14

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, (ESV)

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Man is unaware of both nature and origin. Why do we need the Christian Gospel? What do we need to be delivered from? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the essential content and hope of this Gospel in 1 Peter 1:14. Man's ignorance is the fatal cause of all our trouble – ignorant both of who God is and who man himself is. Listen to the general characteristics of this life, and man's life governed by lust. "The godless life is a life of lust" — one controlled by passions and desires. Life in this modern world is both vain and empty. Christian principles add value, especially when man is in need and suffering. Many people are selfish and self-centered, living so that nothing interferes with their pleasure. This is a profitless life. “Are we adding to the value of life as a whole?" The Christ-less life is a hopeless life, both in this one and in the next! Other religions are pessimistic and without hope; there is nothing to look forward to. There is a deep emptiness in 'withered dreams'. Receive a new orientation and way of living. Listen to this great plea to turn to the only One who can offer eternal hope and help – the Lord God Himself.

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Peter 1:14, New American Standard Bible

14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

1 Peter 1:14, King James Version

14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.