Raised - God's Declaration
A Sermon on Acts 5:29-32
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV)
The resurrection of Jesus is one of the most life-changing parts of the Bible for Christians. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains several different reasons for this, and how it has such an important impact on people in this sermon on Acts 5:29-32. First, the resurrection is what fueled the disciples with courage and boldness to go out into the world and proclaim the Gospel. It was what made them realize the importance of Jesus’ message and gave them a desire for everyone to be transformed by the Gospel as they were. Second, the resurrection establishes the fact that God sent His Son to save us. Jesus’ act of rising from the dead was proof that God was satisfied in His Son, and that we can find salvation in the work of Jesus Christ. It also shows that Jesus has delivered us from the Law. Before Jesus’ work on the cross, we were under the Law. However, the resurrection is proof that we are no longer held in bondage to the Law. Lastly, the resurrection gives us assurance in our salvation. It is the resurrection that shows that Jesus defeated death and the devil. Because of this, we can find assurance in our salvation, knowing that our power and strength comes from Him. And we can find hope in knowing that His resurrection points forward to a day when He will come again, and those who believe in Him will live forever in His presence.
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.