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Kingdom of Righteousness

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

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Is the Kingdom of God about political or social change? Is the Kingdom of God about making men and women more ethical? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the answer is absolutely not! In this sermon on Romans 14:17, he says that the Kingdom of God is about the true righteousness of Jesus Christ that comes through the Gospel. The mistake of many is thinking that the Kingdom of God is about the externals of religion, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that this is wrong because it reduces the Christian life to a matter of external affairs. But according to Scripture, being a Christian is not about going to church, or being a good person, but it is about the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is a sad thing when Jesus is replaced by the good deeds of men. For it is Jesus that saves us from sin and darkness. It is Jesus that grants us true righteousness. This sermon asks the question: what is Christianity to you? Is it a lifeless external thing that you do, or is it the power and grace of God made manifest in Jesus Christ?

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 14:17, New American Standard Bible

17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17, King James Version

17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

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.