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A Sermon on Galatians 1:3-5

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

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Reading from Galatians 1:3-5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens his sermon with an important and fundamental question: What is the Gospel? As Paul writes in his letter, Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers as the apostle answers. The Good News is that God intervened and rescued us from the sin of this world. This Gospel is precisely why the church is different from other human meetings. The church is far above organizing a political gathering, listening to music, or reading poetry, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains. Those activities are between people or man’s creation. But the church is based upon the Gospel, and the Gospel involves God and man. It is not a human construction. The Good News, unlike the efforts of men, offers a solution as to why the world is so terrible. There is sin, and sin is embedded into the nature of every man and woman. On our own, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, men and women cannot even redeem themselves. But God interceded, as Paul writes, and rescued us from this state by Christ’s death on the cross. Now, it is possible to have peace. The Christian knows that God is stronger than whatever evil man can dream up, and it is His Son who will one day bring us into His Kingdom.

Additional Scripture Translations

Galatians 1:3-5, New American Standard Bible

3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.

Galatians 1:3-5, King James Version

3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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.