Enslaved by Sin
A Sermon on Isaiah 1:7-8
Your country lies desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
foreigners devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And the daughter of Zion is left
like a booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city. (ESV)
Sin affects everything, no question about it. Its results are seen in so many of the difficult daily patterns of life. In this sermon on Isaiah 1:7-8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches on sin and how its consequences reach into every area of our existence. When disasters strike, we often wonder about the reason behind why something like that happens. Sin alone explains the state of the world we live in now, since it is in complete rebellion to God and His character. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds on the attractiveness of sin and how it is endlessly deceptive— we know that the wrong choices we make will result in bad things, and yet we still choose to do them anyway, even though it never keeps its promises to fulfill us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also points out how sin never gives us anything that is of value to us, instead robbing us of what is best for us. After this, it leaves us alone and isolated. In contrast, consider the promises and call to life in the gospels that Jesus extends to those who are lost. Unlike the problems of sin, Jesus promises to never leave us, and He fulfills the promises He makes. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds unbelievers of the kind of life available in Christ.
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.