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A Clean Heart

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A Sermon on Matthew 18:1-4

Who Is the Greatest?

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

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Amidst all of the chaos that rules on a global scale, humanity still believes that the key to peace is self-help and self-improvement. In this sermon on Matthew 18:1–4 titled “A Clean Heart, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that, just like the disciples, people today have a false understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Jesus tells His disciples that they must be like little children to enter His Kingdom. Jesus meant that everyone must be entirely reliant on Him for everything, including making them humble. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes through the Bible, expounding on how humanity is hopeless to change themselves. No matter how hard they try, they still cling to sin: lust, anger, greed, and pride all continuously ravage souls, even those who are Christians. Yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows the true difference between the Christian and the unbeliever, and that is the desire for a pure heart.


Additional Scripture Translations

Matthew 18:1-4, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Rank in the Kingdom

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And He called a child to Himself and set him among them, 3and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:1-4, King James Version (KJV)

1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


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.