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A Sermon on Galatians 6:12-13

It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. (ESV)

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The certainty of the Gospel is the foundation for the Christian life. Why is this so important? In this sermon on Galatians 6:12-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows why central to the Christian hope is the assurance all believers can have in the Gospel. God reveals Himself and His plan of salvation through His true Word, the Scripture. Man is not left wondering what he must do to be saved, for holy Scripture says that all who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus will be saved. Christians ought not to be led astray by false teachings that say we cannot know what the Gospel is. For Scripture stands above all human reason and institutions; it stands above all other sources of authority. Furthermore, Scripture tells us facts that really happened. It tells us that Jesus of Nazareth lived and died for sinners. But it also tells us that He rose from the dead in victory over all sin and death! God’s Word calls us to all believe in the Gospel for the forgiveness of sins as the only path to true and lasting peace with God. Do you believe in the Gospel? Do you trust in Jesus for your salvation?

Additional Scripture Translations

Galatians 6:12-13, New American Standard Bible

12All who want to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they want to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.

Galatians 6:12-13, King James Version

12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

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.