Do You Understand?
A Sermon on Acts 8:29-30
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (ESV)
Why can't the world figure out its own need for salvation? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us from Acts 8:29-30 how the natural man is blinded to the truth of God. That is, he is unable to understand the spiritual things because he is fleshly and carnal. This is why those in the church who want to change the Christian message to be more accommodating to modern man are so mistaken. Modern man’s problem with the Christian message is really nothing unique. It is the product of his unbelieving and sinful nature. He does not need a more up-to-date message, because his problem is much deeper than that. It is one of spiritual blindness and deadness. This is why only those who the Holy Spirit of God enlightens can see and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For only he can give sinful man a new heart and mind that seeks after what is good and holy, and only he can work the miracle of regeneration so that those who were once dead can come to life in Christ. This is the Christian message that is so necessary in our time, and in all times. For this is the only message that the church has been given to proclaim to this broken and sin-filled world.
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.