The Age of Reason
A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12Read more
As time has progressed and the world has become more secular, many charge that the Gospel is useless, outdated, and has failed despite being given several centuries to flourish and establish itself. In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers some of the criticisms of the Gospel and helps us understand how we can formulate a biblical answer that is intellectually and spiritually satisfying. The first difficulty we encounter is the definition of the Gospel— can it be defined? While many different people will offer to have their own “version” of the Gospel, Dr. Lloyd-Jones points us to Scripture and reminds us that Paul defined the Gospel right there. Second, many feel that the Gospel has failed. Yet, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that it has accomplished exactly what it was established to do: to reconcile people to God through faith in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for their sins. Third, some object that the Gospel is of no value because progress has left it far behind. Yet, he reminds us that the struggles of people today are no different than they were in the first century — Scripture is still incredibly relevant. So what is the Gospel? What is man’s authority? Does reason have limits? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers these questions and points to why we as humans need divine revelation and why Scripture is the best answer to our problems today.
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.