God's Plan is Certain
A Sermon on Romans 8:28-30
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (ESV)
The purposes of human beings are often frustrated and thwarted by others. We work out every detail in order to ensure the working out of our plan, only to find out that it was all for nothing. What about God’s plan? What about God’s purpose in salvation and history? Does the Triune God shift His plans according to circumstances provoked by sinful men and demonic opposition? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:26-30 on the absolute, definite plan of God. His plan of salvation did not originate after the Fall of man, nor is salvation in Christ a response to Israel’s rejection of salvation through the Law (despite Dispensationalism’s teaching), but the Father’s plan to send the Son and obtain salvation for His people was ordained before the foundation of the world. The definite plan of God in salvation, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, must be true or God is no longer God. Furthermore, God’s foreknowledge and predestination is a means of comfort for suffering believers. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches on the glorious truth that our justification, all the way to our glorification, is certain because it is in the sovereign control of our Triune God. Glory be to 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.