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The Spirit of Bondage

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Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on Romans 8:15-16

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (ESV)

Have you ever felt the Christian life to be filled with burdensome tasks? Have you ever thought of Christian living as an endless to-do list? We live in an antagonistic world and our tendency is to turn the faith into nothing more than a higher law. Holiness becomes nothing more than an occupation. To what does this lead? It leads to a wrongful fear of God; a tormented view, seeing God as merely a distant law-giver. This doesn’t lead to a life of joy-–but rather a spirit of bondage. In this sermon on Romans 8:15-17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses this issue through examining the doctrine of adoption. The Christian is invited to call God “Abba.” A slave cannot call his task-master “Father”––only a child can do this. Adoption means that God is not a distant law-giver, but a Father who is near. Listen in, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains our desire to live a holy life must not come not from an attempt to appease God. On the contrary, we desire to live a holy life because He’s our father and we are His children. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. The moment we realize this, everything begins to change.


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.