Strangers and Pilgrims (2)
A Sermon on Romans 13:11-14Read more
Perhaps you have wondered what the relationship between thoughts and actions are. In this sermon on Christians and how they are to live in the world, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that doctrines and practice are always tied— doctrine, especially, plays a large influence over the other. What can we deduce from the doctrines that Paul has been presenting in this passage? First, we are children of the day. This is how we are to live in the world today— we are to remember where we were at, but only by calling to remembrance where Christ has brought us currently. The purpose of redemption was to deliver us from slavery to sin. Thus, we are doing a great dishonor to the cross of Christ if we are still living in sinful ways that characterized us before we were saved by Christ. Preaching from Romans 13;11-14, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us poignantly that if we start to compromise on our actions, we will also compromise our beliefs so that they line up with what we want to do— instead of getting as close to the line as possible, flee sin at all costs! Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us think through what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and how we can navigate it well.
Additional Scripture Translations
Romans 13:11-14, New American Standard Bible
11Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed. 12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let’s rid ourselves of the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let’s behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and debauchery, not in strife and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Romans 13:11-14, King James Version
11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
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.