The Unbreakable Chain
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)
By denying the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, there will be inevitable negative implications for everything else that is true about Christian salvation. Perhaps even more problematic, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his sermon on Romans 8:28-30, is the confusion and chaos that is introduced in the mind of God by those affirming the apostasy of genuine believers. He examines the harmony of each each link in the Apostle Paul’s unbreakable chain, noting how each inevitably hangs together. By considering the negative implications for our doctrine of predestination and foreknowledge, Dr. Lloyd-Jones demonstrates the absurd conclusions we must affirm about God when we hold to the possibility of a true believer to falling from grace. Continuing through the chain of redemption, he argues that those who affirm the apostasy position makes God’s “call” pointless and the doctrine of justification an error-filled action on God’s part. The doctrine of rebirth and our union with Christ, however, should settle the matter altogether, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones. It is scandalous to suggest that God’s creative work in giving new life, and His seating us in the heavenly places with Christ, can be suddenly undone. Listen to Dr. Lloyd-Jones' argument for an unbreakable chain in salvation. Find encouragement in the blessed assurance we have from beginning to end!
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.