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Modern Pharisees

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Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 8:3-4

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (ESV)

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Are you confident that you are a good, moral person who strives to apply Christian ethics in your day-to-day life? Would others consider you as a better person than themselves? If your answer to these two questions is “yes,” then you may be in trouble, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us in this sermon on Romans 8:3-4. He shows how Jesus came in order to fulfill the Law that we could not. Modern day Pharisees are those who reject Christ’s sacrifice and try to justify themselves by their own works. Regardless of how carefully we try to uphold the Law, we cannot obey the First Commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The beauty of the Gospel is that Christ came to redeem the wicked, not the self righteous. If today you are burdened with the guilt of sin and feel unworthy, find peace in Christ’s blessing of those who are poor in spirit and avoid the folly of the modern Pharisees.


Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 8:3-4, New American Standard Bible

3For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:3-4, King James Version

3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.


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.