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A Sermon on Hebrews 6:16

For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. (ESV)

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides counsel for the troubled soul in this sermon on Hebrews 6:16. He exhorts his listeners that the author of Hebrews' central object is to say that believers can have peace in spite of their bad circumstances. Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims how wonderful a truth this is in a world that has so much calamity and uncertainty. A Christian's hope is not in his circumstances, but rather in the Lord who has redeemed his soul. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that the Bible teaches believers how to live in this world; it is a manual that has passed the test of time. With this manual in hand, Christians can enjoy peace even if there was another world war, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches. The reason Christians may have such peace is that the Gospel provides us with refuge for the soul. He is quick to clarify that there is no promised refuge for the body found in the pages of Scripture; many have been martyred for their faith. Rather, the Christian may be comforted in that God has secured his soul. Man must consider the truth about his eternal soul before he is given this refuge, and he must repent to the Lord for God to rescue him. In Christ, Christians may have an anchor within the veil.

Additional Scripture Translations

Hebrews 6:16, New American Standard Bible

16For people swear an oath by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath serving as confirmation is an end of every dispute.

Hebrews 6:16, King James Version

16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

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.