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God and Sinners Reconciled

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A Sermon on Colossians 1:14

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens his sermon by reading from Colossians 1:14-20. In those verses, Paul writes about a believer’s redemption through the blood of Christ and the reconciliation he or she has with God. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones is interested in God’s side of this reconciliation; how is it possible that He would redeem man? Man, by his very nature, exists as separate from God, ever since the original sin in the Garden. Dr. Lloyd-Jones defines holiness as it pertains to God. He says it means God is without blemish, totally perfect and utterly true. So then, how can the perfect God interact with imperfect man? God, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us, sent His Son in order to reconcile man in his sin, that Christ’s death on the cross would cover those who put their faith in Him. And so, man is restored to his original image of God. When God looks upon believers, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, He does not see the sin. God sees the likeness of His Son. And as a result, God’s righteous wrath, His holy judgement, is withheld, and mankind’s relationship with Him is restored.

Additional Scripture Translations

Colossians 1:14, New American Standard Bible

14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:14, King James Version

14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

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.