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A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12

which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV)

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens this sermon reading from 2 Timothy 1:12. In Paul’s letter to Timothy, the apostle writes from prison and explains his confidence in whom he has believed. Jumping from Paul’s example, Dr. Lloyd-Jones dives into the importance of the Gospel. Salvation is more than living morally and making good decisions. It is more than being a “Good Christian.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that salvation is trusting in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for the payment of our sins. This is God’s plan for the redemption of men. For the natural man is corrupt. He is under the power of sin – the total pollution of it. Man’s very nature can’t help responding to sin, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. On his own, he is unable to overcome his disposition. Good works offer no assurance. Even the great Christian figures like Paul, Martin Luther, and Charles Wesley did not rely on their works for salvation. No. It is impossible. But, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that there is a work that saves, but it is not of men. The only work that saves is God’s work – sending His Son for our redemption so we may live eternally.

Additional Scripture Translations

2 Timothy 1:12, New American Standard Bible

12For this reason I also suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to protect what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

2 Timothy 1:12, King James Version

12For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

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.