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A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:17

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, (ESV)

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“Gird up the loins of your mind.” By nature man lives life by lust. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses man's greatest and most desperate need in 1 Peter 1:17. The supreme need to know God. This is a need the world cannot fulfill. Man will be judged by God for his relationship to Him. We are not just a spectator in this life. Learn of the search for happiness, peace, and the knowledge of God in Scripture. Many things tell us about God, but they do not bring us to Him. The signs and suggestions of creation bring us to a knowledge of God as Creator. “Man by searching cannot, and has not found God.” Learn of the only way one can come to a knowledge of the one God who reigns over all. Everyone has been created by God, but not everyone is a child of God. God hates evil and calls us to a standard of holiness – “Be ye holy because I am holy.” Man needs the mercy, grace, strength, and power that only God can provide. Cry out for help and let Him lead you. There is access to the household of God through the blood of Christ.


Additional Scripture Translations

1 Peter 1:17, New American Standard Bible

17If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

1 Peter 1:17, King James Version

17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:


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.