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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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Before you ask, “what is wrong with the world?” Ask yourself, “what is the world?” In this sermon from Galations 1:3-5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us that the world in its very nature is cursed as a result of our sin. We struggle to keep a clean mind and a clean heart on this earth because it is under the dominion of Satan. The world will show us all it has to offer, but as Christians we must remember that this world is committed to death and destruction. Lloyd-Jones instructs us to fix our eyes on Christ and what is eternal as we sojourn through this world. He tells us that we must fight against evil in this life because we belong to God and will never truly be home until we reach heaven. Everything is against you in this world; don't embrace it, flee from it.

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.