... Rise Up and Walk
A Sermon on Acts 3:6
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (ESV)
Are we really born sinful? Is it truly something that contaminates us all? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from Acts 3:6, how all men are sinners from birth and completely unable to do good in accordance with God’s Law. Their natures are fundamentally corrupt and disordered, and out of this nature comes their propensity to do evil and sin. The reason man is like this can be explained in Genesis and the Fall. When Adam fell into sin, he caused all of his descendants to do so as well. This explains man’s current plight and his need for salvation. For man is unable to save himself from sin because his nature has been wholly disposed to sin and unrighteousness. Only the Gospel can break the chains of sin and free men. And this Gospel is of God’s grace alone, for sinful man is spiritually dead and unable to do any good act pleasing to God. It is in man’s hopeless state the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope. For it is this same Gospel that was preached by the apostles two thousand years ago, and it is the message that transformed the world. This is the only hope for the world, for it alone can triumph over sin and evil to bring salvation to all who believe.