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A State of Warfare

Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-2

Comfort for God’s People

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins. (ESV)

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The Christian life is altogether the work of God, not man. God’s Word is from Him and to those waging warfare against Him. Are you in a state of peace? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses sin, peace, and the mark of a true Christian that separates them from all others in this sermon on Isaiah 40:1-2. Man is not what he was meant to be—iniquity is a perversion and wrongness that completely misses God’s mark. We cannot buy or learn peace. The world searches for peace by their own means, but sin is a hard taskmaster. Do you think you’re free, while you are really living in the bondage of sin? The greatest folly of man is thinking that we can bring real peace within ourselves or outside of ourselves, while forgetting God. This sermon is unlike many other messages—it is a message of comfort, not a call for man to save himself. Receive a new life and be made into a new creature. The mark of God’s own people is a unique recognition and confession of their own sin. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls us to a standard of biblical ownership, so that we no longer shift the blame for our sin to God, others, or circumstances.

Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 40:1-2, New American Standard Bible

The Greatness of God

1“Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God.

2“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;

And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,

That her guilt has been removed,

That she has received of the Lords hand

Double for all her sins.”

Isaiah 40:1-2, King James Version

1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

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.