A Sermon on Romans 11:18-22
do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (ESV)
Why is pride so dangerous? What about pride undermines the Gospel and leads people into self-deception and deceit? In this sermon on Romans 11:18-22, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the need to learn God’s Word so as to fight against pride. Pride undermines the Gospel because it makes people focus on themselves and their own works. It makes them look to things about themselves to justify themselves. The great sin of many of the Jewish people who wanted to return to the Law was the sin of pride, according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones. They sought to find salvation in their own identity and works. But this is wholly opposed to the message of Jesus! Jesus Christ tells us we must forsake any chance of saving ourself. He tells us that none of our works can makes us right before God. Pride makes us look at what we do for worth; Jesus makes us look to Him to find worth! Paul warns the church of his day about the danger of falling away from the Gospel and looking to works to justify oneself. This is still a temptation for many Christians. For this reason, believers must always flee from self-righteousness and look to Jesus Christ and what He has done. For Jesus alone saves!
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.