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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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People are unaware of both nature and origin. Why does anyone need the Christian gospel? From what do they need to be delivered? In this sermon on 1 Peter 1:14 titled “A Vain and Empty Life,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the essential content and hope of this gospel. Human ignorance is the fatal cause of all their trouble. They are ignorant both of who God is and who they are. Dr. Lloyd-Jones speaks of the general characteristics of this life, and how the human life is governed by lust. “The godless life is a life of lust”; it is one that is controlled by passions and desires. 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 Christless life is a hopeless life, both in this life and in the next. Other religions are pessimistic and without hope; there is nothing to look forward to. 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 (NASB)

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

1 Peter 1:14, King James Version (KJV)

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.