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Sermon #3204

Christ. Our Security

A Sermon on Romans 8:34


Romans 8:34 ESV KJV
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (ESV)

Sermon Description

Can someone who has been justified be once again condemned because of sin? In Romans 8:34 Paul says that this question is unthinkable for those who are in Christ Jesus. Christ took all of the Christian’s condemnation with Him on the cross and the Son will no more bring any charge against them or be the means of their condemnation any more than the Father Himself. In this sermon on Romans 8:34 titled “Christ, Our Security,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones divides Paul’s proofs into four main arguments: Christ has died, He has risen again, He is at the right hand of God, and He is making intercession for His people. Because of these four things, the Christian can rest assured that it is impossible for God to punish them once again because Christ died for their sin and bore their punishment so that they can now be alive in God. This means that a believer has been justified and justification is a declaration that they are no longer under condemnation. God’s justice was fully satisfied on the cross and, therefore, God’s justice should be viewed as their greatest security and comfort. Christ was raised from the dead shows that God the Father was satisfied with this sacrifice and all condemnation has been dealt with fully.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul asks the question "Who is he that condemneth?" in Romans 8:34 to demonstrate that believers can never come under condemnation.
  2. Paul divides his answer to this question into four parts which provide an ascending argument. The four parts are:

  3. It is Christ that died

  4. Yea, rather, that is risen again
  5. Who is even at the right hand of God
  6. Who also maketh intercession for us

  7. Christ died to receive the condemnation that was due to our sins. His death proves he cannot be the cause of our condemnation. For us to be condemned now would be unjust.

  8. Christ rose again to prove God accepted his work and was satisfied with it. The resurrection shows Christ conquered death, the grave and hell - our greatest enemies. We are united with Christ so what is true of him is true of us. We have also conquered these enemies.
  9. Christ is now seated at the right hand of God, showing his work is finished and accepted. He has entered into his glory and dominion. We are seated with him positionally, showing we share in his glory and dominion.
  10. Christ now intercedes for us, proving we cannot be condemned. His prayers are always answered so he would not pray for us if we could be condemned. His intercession shows we are secure.

The Book of Romans

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.