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Ignorance; Prejudice and Fog in the Mind

Itinerant Preaching

A Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:12-13

Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, (ESV)

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Why do some people reject Christ? The truth of the Gospel seems so sure, and yet many still turn from it. Why? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes us to Scripture to explain why people reject the Gospel. One of the greatest missionaries of all time was the apostle Paul. Yet in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, he makes a startling admission— that he had at one point been a great blasphemer of God and persecutor of Christians. And yet, God eventually saved him. People today say that they are not Christians because of their high intellect— they say that Christianity is for the weak-minded, and that they do not need it since they have a high intellectual understanding. Yet, many great Christians throughout history have shown this to be false simply because they were men of towering intellect themselves! Augustine and Paul himself are just two out of a vast number of those who are brilliant and yet follow Jesus. Paul writes that the real reason for rejection is unbelief and ignorance that bring prejudice against the Gospel and blind people to its truths. What exactly is this unbelief and ignorance about? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains the real reason for unbelief and how we as Christians can effectively engage it today!

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Timothy 1:12-13, New American Standard Bible

Paul’s Testimony

12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, 13even though I was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

1 Timothy 1:12-13, King James Version

12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

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.