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Sermon #2073

All Power is Given to Me

A Sermon on Acts 7:9-15


Acts 7:9-15 ESV KJV
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. Now there came a famine …

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Sermon Description

God's power is on display in the lives of His children. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the illustration of Joseph highlighted in Acts 7 and this sermon titled “All Power is Given to Me,” that is true today just as it was in the Old Testament. This powerful passage shows God’s work through Joseph as he was given authority by Pharaoh over all of Egypt, and was used by God to spare Egypt and the surrounding nations by preparing for the great famine in the land. In a parallel way, Jesus is given authority over all things by His Father. He is made king of every inch of creation by nature of His death and resurrection. Jesus Christ alone has died, been buried, and rose from the dead in order that all who believe would be saved from the eternal penalty of their sin. Christ alone saves sinners and reconciles the world to God the Father. This is the good news that brings lasting hope that the world has ever known. The message to the early church is the message to the contemporary church: be faithful to proclaim this great and glorious message to all. Without the Gospel of Christ, no one can be saved.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Stephen is addressing Jews who are proud of their descent from Abraham.
  2. Stephen is showing them why they rejected the Christ.
  3. Stephen starts with Abraham to show they are doing the opposite of what Abraham did. Abraham looked forward to Christ but they rejected him.
  4. Abraham's faith showed salvation is by faith, not works.
  5. The story of Joseph shows the brothers did the same as the Sanhedrin did to Christ.
  6. Joseph's story shows the need for salvation. The brothers' treatment of Joseph shows their need.
  7. God was with Joseph despite his sufferings, showing God's action in salvation.
  8. Joseph's exaltation to governor shows Christ's appointment as savior and ruler.
  9. Christ has been given all authority and power, even judgment, to save.
  10. The world's condition shows its need for Christ as savior. Only Christ provides what we need: forgiveness, righteousness, a new nature, power, and escape from death.
  11. Christ lived a perfect life and died to provide salvation. His resurrection and ascension show his power.
  12. Joseph's provision for the famine shows Christ's perfect provision for our needs.
  13. We receive salvation by realizing our need, coming to Christ for mercy, and Christ revealing himself to us.
  14. Christ blesses us even before we know him, but we only have sufficiency when we come to know him.
  15. Knowing Christ brings conviction of sin but also joy in his love and forgiveness.

The Book of Acts

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.