Strangers and Pilgrims (1)
A Sermon on Romans 13:11-14
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)
Have you ever been discouraged by realizing that your feelings come and go so easily? It can be easy to lose faith in ourselves when we feel things changing so quickly. In this sermon on Romans 13;11-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that regardless of feelings, one’s position is sure if they are a follower of Jesus. Our feelings come and go, but thankfully they do not influence our position or relationship with Jesus since it is centered in Him and His work, not ours. Christians are charged throughout Scripture that they are to be different from the world because of the change they have undergone in Christ. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, Paul calls believers to walk as children of the day, yet he mentions that the day is still to come— how can it be both? As he explains, we are already in the day because we are Christians. Even though it is in the future, we are there in Spirit because we are followers of Christ. Paul’s point is that our citizenship is in heaven, and thus we must act like it. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains how the knowledge of our conversion ought to drive our actions, and how this concept of the “now and not-yet” applies to us today!
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.