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The Heart and Mind of Man

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 2:4-5

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (ESV)

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What is repentance? In the sermon from Romans 2:4-5 titled “The Heart and Mind of Man”, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains what it means to think again or changing one’s mind, both of which involve a direct action. Paul is preaching to a people who have completely forgotten the goodness of God that should lead to repentance. The first step to repent involves a completely changed attitude about God in submission of the heart and mind. The heart is the wellspring of sin that must be changed on the inside first and then the outside actions will follow. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that sin completely blinds and hearts are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. This passage also warns that those who have a hardened and impenetrable heart are storing up wrath for themselves. But once they are saved, they can rest that the Lord who started a good work in them will continue to do so until the day He returns. That day will reveal who was repentant and who was pretending and storing up wrath.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 2:4-5, New American Standard Bible

4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and restraint and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Romans 2:4-5, King James Version

4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

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.