That One Sin
A Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:16
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (ESV)
Sincere Christians face real problems in life. The idea that someone might become a Christian and never deal with doubt, discouragement, depression, and suffering of various kids is unbiblical. It’s possible for genuine Christians to be miserable. While Satan cannot rob Christians of their salvation, he can make them miserable Christians. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines one particular strategy which Satan may use in depressing Christians: reminding them of past sin. Something one did, or said, can haunt him years later. While this Christian certainly believes God saves sinners, he feels that his sin is in a different category; that the gravity or volume of his past sin places him outside of God’s grace. Listen in as the Doctor explains that depression caused by looking at past sin stems from a poor understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not die for a certain kind of sinner––he died for the greatest of sinners. The grace required to save the most respectable person in society is the same grace which saves the least. As Satan tempts us to despair, we must look to the cross of Jesus Christ and see him who died for all of our sin.