Peace in the Holy Spirit
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)
Evangelicals rightly value Truth. Sometimes, however, their reputation for truth is understood as the desire to merely be right. The former leads to freedom, assurance, and grace. The latter leads to a morbid cynicism. Among the problems in the church of Rome was the concern about whether they were right about eating and drinking. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones suggests from Romans 14:17, they were constantly worried about being right on the matter, which led to fearful, anxious and censorious conditions. The church was a place that contradicted what the Kingdom of God is about: peace. The church today is likewise preoccupied with the matter of being right. The result is we can constantly look for some defect in one another – we are “spiritual detectives” towards each other instead of the family of God. But where is peace in all this? Have we forgotten that the purpose of salvation itself is to have peace with God? This Gospel of peace spreads, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, to having peace with ourselves and one another. The Kingdom of God is about peace! Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones points us to the Prince of Peace in order that we may have wholistic peace.
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.