The Nature of Man
A Sermon on Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus says the LORD:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (ESV)
What does it take to change sinful man? This is a question that everyone must ask at one point or another in their life because we live in a world of sin. Why is the world and mankind the way that they are? The Bible not only tells us why men are sinners, but it also tells us how they can change. What then does the Bible have to say? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks to the prophet Jeremiah to see what God says about sinful men in this sermon on Jeremiah 17:5-8. There we find that man has fallen and rejected God as the ruler and Lord of his life. Man is set in his own ways and does not submit to God’s rule. Man, in this state is unable to seek God and love Him rightly. How then can man be saved? The answer is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ who came into the world to save sinners. Jesus died in the place of sinners that they might be justified in God’s sight. Jesus moves men out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Righteousness. While sinful men are evil and wicked, Jesus alone has the power to give them a new heart that not only loves God but seeks to serve Him.
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.