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)
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urges listeners to always seek the truth and facts as he begins to preach on Romans 11:18-22. Throughout history, we can see that people have gone astray because they did not seek the truth. We can look to history to teach us lessons that are applicable for today. Scripture is the same way! We can look to scripture and its truth, and it is applicable to us today. Dr. Lloyd-Jones outlines three points regarding truth. First, God’s people always have a tendency to fall away from the truth. We have seen this throughout history and in scripture. Second, the cause of this is because we forget the first and original principles. Every problem in this world is because we forget. Lastly, those who fall away are the ones who most persecute those who hold true to the principles. The Jews, specifically, are a people group who fell away and began to persecute those who believed the true Gospel. Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns against those who do not actively pursue truth.
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.