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A Sermon on Acts 2:24

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (ESV)

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The Christian faith is one that is based on real historical facts. Just as the Old Testament tells us of actual people, places, and events, so the New Testament does, too. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones demonstrates through Acts 2:24, there are some who claim that the hallmark of true religion ignores historical events, and is built on one’s feelings and emotions. They claim that the historical existence of Jesus is not important because they feel in their hearts that he lived and rose from the dead. Now this may sound pious and spiritual, but is it biblical? And to this question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a resounding no. He says that the Bible teaches not only the historical events of the life of Jesus and His resurrection, but the New Testament authors, particularly Paul, view the physical, bodily resurrection as central and necessary to salvation. For the Bible says that if Christ did not raise form the dead in a physical body then there is no salvation and there is not Christianity. The church must fight against all heresies that claim the physical resurrection is not important. For the hope of all Christians is that they one day will be resurrected just as Christ was.


Additional Scripture Translations

Acts 2:24, New American Standard Bible

24But God raised Him from the dead, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

Acts 2:24, King James Version

24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.


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.