The Gift of Righteousness
A Sermon on Romans 5:16-17
And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (ESV)
In his previous sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones pointed out the similarities of our relationship to Adam and our relationship to Christ. In this sermon on Romans 5:16-17, he shows that while there are several similarities, the most striking thing to see are the differences between these two relationships. He begins by pointing out what Adam’s sin and disobedience led to: judgment and condemnation. These both came through the act of one sin. In contrast, Jesus' one act of obedience led to the covering of all sins. This is the beauty of the Gospel. How then should we react to this free gift of Jesus Christ? Despite our many sins, we have now been justified, which means He blots out our sins and calls us righteous. He goes on to point out that it was by one man’s offense that death came and reigned in the world. But it was the one act of Jesus that defeated death and brought in life. We are given the righteousness of Christ when we believe in Him. No longer does death reign over us, but those who believe shall now find life in Christ. We have lost the fear of death and will reign with Christ for eternity.
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.