Christ; the Answer to Our Needs
A Sermon on Acts 5:1-11
Ananias and Sapphira
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. (ESV)
Modern men reject the truth of the Christian faith often on the basis of the supposed superiority of science over faith. The claim that no rational man can believe the Gospel and the Christian faith in light of what we know about the world. In this sermon from Acts 5:1-11, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that while men may affirm the need for moral improvement, and for this reason they like the moral teachings of Jesus, they reject the two natures in Christ, and they reject the need for salvation from sin and the wrath to come. They reject the super natural religion of Christianity for the moralistic teachings of godless humanism. But the moralistic religion cannot save men from the inevitable death of all men. Mankind needs a new nature that will grant him a true desire for righteousness. They must be delivered from the wrath of God. They must be delivered from the power of Satan. Only through the supernatural work of Christianity can men be transferred from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God. As Lloyd-Jones powerfully says, those who reject the Gospel of Christ have no hope. The moralistic teaching of men cannot save them from death, Satan, and the wrath of God against all unrighteousness. Salvation is only through the supernatural work of the Gospel of Jesus Chris.