Submit to God's Righteousness
A Sermon on Romans 10:1-3
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. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. (ESV)
Since the inception of the church, Christianity has battled the false belief of justification by works. In its modern Western form, many wrongly understand the Gospel to mean going to church, doing good, or being a “nice” person. In short, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, we live in a Christian culture which continues to preach self-righteousness, self-reliance, and self-dependence. In its primitive form, the Apostle Paul holds up the Pharisees as the prime example of those who are zealous for doing good works, and yet, are ignorant of what God’s righteousness requires in the Gospel. Their lack of knowledge has set them over against the God they claim to serve. They would rather construct their own righteousness than submit to the righteousness of God found in the Gospel of Christ. The Pharisees, and many today, are trapped in believing they can save themselves. The problem, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones in his sermon on Romans 10:1-3, is that the last people to believe the Gospel and be saved are always those who think that they can save themselves. What we need is the Gospel of grace. What we need to know and hear is the truth of what the Scriptures say God’s righteousness requires. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us of our tendency towards justification by works, and the remedy in submitting to the Gospel of grace.
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.