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A Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:16

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. (ESV)

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The world cannot be changed. “The only way Christianity helps is it changes us.” Take a different view of yourself and of man — you are a rebel against God. The most important question to ask is, “what think ye of Christ?” Christianity is Christ. How do you view Him? We are called to be ambassadors for Christ and we will be held accountable for our lives. We cannot take risks — “your eternal destiny depends on your view of Christ.” In this sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses how the Spirit of God must unveil your eyes to your standing before God. You cannot come before God justified on your own; you are but a child before Him. Rejoice in that God humbled Himself to come to this earth! It is not the mere death of a martyr. Jesus died in our place. Christ alone triumphs in His shame. Know the terror of the Lord, and rejoice in the mercy of the Lord. How can man become righteous before God if his best works are but filthy rags and damnation? Be ye reconciled to God in faith.

Additional Scripture Translations

2 Corinthians 5:16, New American Standard Bible

16Therefore from now on we recognize no one by the flesh; even though we have known Christ by the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

2 Corinthians 5:16, King James Version

16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

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.