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A Sermon on Galatians 5:11

But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. (ESV)

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The main thrust of the Gospel is the cross and Christ crucified. In this sermon on Galatians 5:11 and 6:14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the different reactions to this that people have, and the consequences that come with each one. There are only two possible responses. Either people accept Christ and His sacrifice, or they see it as being offensive. This offense is deeply divisive and angering, something that pushes people away from God when they let it take root in their hearts. Dr. Lloyd-Jones states that if we merely have pity after hearing the Gospel message, we have not heard the true story of the cross— it is either an offense, or we glory in it. This leads to an interesting question— why does the Gospel produce two opposite reactions? Why is it offensive? Ultimately, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, it is because it proclaims that we are all equally sinners and that we cannot save ourselves – a truth that is very humbling. This destroys pride because it means that the smartest and strongest people are all on equal footing before the Lord with those who are poor and uneducated, something that is difficult for many to accept. Yet, what a silly reason to keep someone from having eternal life through Christ! The Gospel alone is to be our glory— accept God’s free gift of salvation today!

Additional Scripture Translations

Galatians 5:11, New American Standard Bible

11But as for me, brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been eliminated.

Galatians 5:11, King James Version

11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

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.