Faith; the Gift of Grace
A Sermon on 2 Peter 1:1
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (ESV)
In his 27th year of preaching, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones follows in the footsteps of the apostle Peter and encourages his people with what they already know from 2 Peter 1:1 – what we are in Christ, what we have, and what awaits us in the future. What is it that makes us Christians at all, separate from the world? It is our precious faith. But is your faith precious to you? Do you know that you have the greatest possession in the whole world? If this concept seems foreign to you, perhaps you need to be reminded of the old, old story. Realize how you obtained this precious faith: it wasn’t won or achieved, but given as a gift of grace by God through the righteousness and precious blood of Jesus Christ the Son. Realize the rarity of this precious gift of faith: you are among a specific people, a great company – including the apostles, the martyrs, the fathers of the faith, the confessors, the reformers – you have the same faith as them! Lastly, realize what this precious faith does for you – the wealth of the universe cannot get rid of your sins, but faith does. With this precious faith you are free from the fear of death, able to pass from death to eternal life. What comfort!
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.