Faith and Obedience
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)
Opening his sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reads from Romans 10:16-17. Within, Paul explains how a person comes to faith: he or she must hear the Good News. But then what next? What comes after receiving the faith? Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers this question affirmatively by pointing to the early church within Paul’s time. After faith, a change was expected from the believers. They could no longer participate in idol worship or immoral rituals. No, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, they must submit themselves to the Gospel with obedience. And so, a good test to see whether or not a person really has faith is to look at their actions. Are they changed after believing? Or do they give, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls it, “intellectual assent”? These are people who merely acknowledge the Gospel as the truth, but do nothing to back it up. They are the early church that never left behind worldly habits and practices. But Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that, like James said, faith without works is dead. Obedience shows faith, and faith encourages obedience. In closing, he extends the message of salvation, reminding believers and unbelievers alike, of the joy found within.
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.