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Sermon #3056

Distinctions Abolished

A Sermon on Romans 3:29-31


Romans 3:29-31 ESV KJV
Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, …

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Sermon Description

There are groups of people from different religions who join to worship together, claiming that they all worship the same God. But Paul states emphatically that there is indeed only one God and that there is only one way to receive salvation. Those who have different religions and different means to God are completely wrong. When the Jews claim that they are God’s chosen people, Paul refutes this by saying that the Lord Jesus is a God for all. The people who will receive salvation are those that believe in Christ, no matter if they are Jew and Gentile. There is now equal opportunity because Christ has broken down all partitions between the Jews and Gentiles. In the sermon “Distinctions Abolished” from Romans 3:29–31, Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns against those who think that they are saved because their parents are saved, or that the gospel is only for a select few, or that all religions worship the same God. All will be held accountable to the one true and living God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The apostle Paul is drawing deductions from the doctrine of redemption through Jesus's blood in Romans 3:29-31.
  2. The second deduction is that God's way of salvation abolishes all distinctions between people. Jews and Gentiles are in the same position.
  3. Verse 30 says that God will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. The difference between "by" and "through" faith is minor. Paul uses the terms interchangeably.
  4. The fact that there is only one God means the distinction between Jews and Gentiles must end. There is only one way of salvation, and it is for all who believe.
  5. Not seeing Jews and Gentiles in the same position impugns God's character. As there is one God, there must be one way of salvation.
  6. The gospel is for all people. Some think it is only for "good" or "bad" people, but all need it.
  7. World congresses of faiths that claim all religions worship the same God deny the gospel. There is only one way to God: through Christ's blood.
  8. Dispensationalism also denies this by claiming there are separate gospels for Jews and Gentiles and that the distinction will persist in eternity. There is only one gospel.
  9. We must consider the implications of biblical teachings and not be led astray by subtle errors. We must hold to the gospel.
  10. We should not desire to be controversial but must speak the truth. Compromising the gospel will not further God's kingdom.
  11. We must be clear that Christ is the only way and that salvation is only through his blood. Justification by faith alone is essential.
  12. The Protestant reformers and our forefathers suffered to defend these truths. We must not deny them through a desire for fellowship.
  13. We must see these truths clearly, rest on them, live by them, contend for them, and enjoy their blessings.

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.