Faith and Joy
A Sermon on Romans 10:16-17
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)
What is the Christian’s reaction to the Gospel? Preaching from Romans 10:16-17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones declares the first action a Christian is to take is obedience. There is a difference between people who merely hear the Gospel and those who take action from it. Those who listen and forget, and those who listen and do. He declares that this is the primary reaction to the Gospel. The secondary reaction is joy. Dr. Lloyd-Jones raises a powerful question: if Christians are supposed to be lights in this world, why are so many caught up in their own problems and gloom? He says that Christians should be the happiest people on Earth. He gives examples of the most joyous people in the New Testament: the Philippian jailor, the shepherd who found his sheep, and the woman who washed Christ’s feet. These are all people who, in different ways, heard the Good News and responded appropriately. Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us that, indeed, Christians have great cause to rejoice. Those who believe have been forgiven of much sin and are promised an eternal inheritance with God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes, in light of those joyous New Testament believers, that perhaps Christians today should reevaluate their reaction to the Gospel and reconsider the life they’ve been given.
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.