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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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Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you watch the news? It seems every day there is another terrorist attack, mass shooting, or new threat of war. Yet, amidst all of the chaos that rules on a global scale, we still believe that the key to peace is self help and self improvement. In this sermon on Matthew 16:26, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us that, just like the disciples, we 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 we must be entirely reliant on Him for everything, including making us humble. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes through the Bible expounding on how man is hopeless to change himself. No matter how hard we try, we still cling to sin; Lust, anger, greed, pride all continuously ravage our souls, even those who are Christians. Yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows us the true difference between the Christian and the unbeliever, and that is the desire for a pure heart. So do you desire a pure heart? One that is dependent on God alone? Or do you seek to purify yourself on your own terms? 


Additional Scripture Translations

Matthew 18:1-4, New American Standard Bible

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

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.