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Salvation Impossible to Man

Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 1:9

If the LORD of hosts
had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah. (ESV)

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There is no escape from the pentaly of sin. Scripture says that everyone has sinned, eternal punishment is the only just response by a holy God. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 1:9 and shows the severity of our sin and how we are not able to change anything of our own accord. We deserve total destruction because of our sin. We have all rebelled against God and thus we are unholy. We have no plea. Because God is holy, He cannot allow His presence to be tainted by sin. Through His Word and what He has revealed in it about our sinfulness and the Savior He sent for our sins, we are left with no excuse. God is justified in His judgment of sinners. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that on his own, man can do nothing about his own salvation— since just one sin is enough to separate us from God, we are left incapable of doing enough good works to save ourselves. Thus, our salvation is entirely of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks a crucial question: are you resting in and trusting on Jesus for your salvation? Only by believing in Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins can you be made right with God. Look at your sin, look at what Scripture says regarding the solution, and repent today!

Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 1:9, New American Standard Bible

9If the Lord of armies

Had not left us a few survivors,

We would be like Sodom,

We would be like Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:9, King James Version

9Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

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.