The Believers Security
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 great doctrines of election, predestination, calling, and the final perseverance of the Saints are offered in Scripture as great comfort for the believer in times of trials and suffering. The Apostle Paul is primarily interested in believers seeing how they are in God’s purpose of salvation. How far we fall from the pastoral function of these truths when we discuss the doctrines in an argumentative or philosophical manner! As we are on the edge of exploring the wondrous, mysterious mind of God in our salvation, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones pauses from expounding the content of the doctrine and is instead concerned with our posture in this sermon on Romans 8:28-30. It is not enough to be “right” on these doctrines. Our attitude towards God and others in pondering these Calvinistic truths matters a great deal. If this topic produces anything except humility and reverence, warns Dr. Lloyd-Jones, then we have not understood these doctrines as we ought. As we approach the foot of this holy mountain – of predestination, election, calling, and final assurance – the outcome should be holiness. If a man’s interest in these doctrines is purely philosophical, he will not be turned toward holiness, rather, antinomianism will surely follow. Beware how we approach these great doctrines of grace. Our posture changes everything!
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.