True and False Zeal
A Sermon on Romans 10:1-2
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. (ESV)
Are you zealous for God? If so, is your zeal a true or false sense of zeal? Paul points out that the church does have a zeal for God, but that it is not based on knowledge. Romans 10:1-2 leads Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones to outline the differences between true and false zeal in the Christian life. First, he outlines several tests that you can apply to a person’s zeal to determine if it is a false sense of zeal. A few of these arguments include: a zeal that has been imposed rather than genuine, a focus on actions rather than just being yourself, a likeness to frivolity and fleshliness, and a focus on self and using one’s own power rather than the Lords. On the other hand, a few arguments for true zeal include a zeal that is put on by yourself, a result of true knowledge, not showy but consisting of depth, and a result of genuine behavior. At the end, Dr. Lloyd-Jones charges believers to ensure they have true zeal for the sake of those who are lost. If you have heard the Gospel and know the truth, why would you not be zealous and concerned for those who have not heard?
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.