At peace with God
A Sermon on Romans 8:5-8
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (ESV)
There is a restlessness which surrounds the non-Christian. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, alluding to holy Scripture, says the man whose sins have not been forgiven is like the troubled sea. Picking up on what perhaps might be an unusual placement of “peace” in Romans 8:5-8, he defends the Apostle Paul’s emphasis on peace here and throughout the letter. Dr. Lloyd-Jones is able to connect the theme of peace to justification by faith, and the righteousness of God in Romans. Furthermore, he elaborates on the natural man’s position before God, which is enmity and not peace. The natural man, who is controlled by a life of sin, is living in dissatisfaction. While he is always trying to find peace and joy, he cannot. However, the result of being governed by the Spirit is life and peace. This person, argues Dr. Lloyd-Jones, understands the meaning of life in this world. He also has an inner harmony, as well as an external harmony, with others. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us to find true peace by being governed by the Spirit, and being able to stand blameless and faultless before a holy and righteous 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.