This Untoward Generation
A Sermon on Acts 2:40-41
And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (ESV)
Sinful people cannot save themselves. But they will try! With Acts 2:40-41, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how the world seeks to solve its problems by worldly means, turning to politicians and statesmen in times of need. But the Christian faith is a very different message than the world. It does not seek to reform the world by enacting legislation and electing politicians, but it brings a message of deliverance from sin and the promise of the new life in Christ. It says that the world’s problems are all symptomatic of its sin and alienation from God. For the Gospel says that no one can save themselves. It says that all men are born in sin and have a corrupted nature. Because of the world’s sin, God has appointed a time in which he will judge the earth and all the inhabitants for the sin and rebellion against their Creator. This, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, is the greatest problem facing mankind. Not war and poverty, although they are terrible things, they are only products of the greatest problem. This is why the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is so different from the world’s ways. It alone has the power to save men from their sins and unrighteousness, it alone can make them right with a God. It alone brings eternal life for all who believe.