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Sermon #3231

Learning the Lesson

A Sermon on Romans 9:1-33


Romans 9:1-33 ESV KJV
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my …

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Sermon Description

In this sermon on Romans 9:1–33 titled “Learning the Lesson,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a bird’s eye view of the entire chapter to show what can be learned. He says that contrary to what many believe, the Old Testament is not done away with or made obsolete for Christians. This can be known because the apostle Paul uses many Old Testament references and examples to explain the nature of the church, the Christian life, and salvation in Christ. Just as God chose the people in Israel in the Old Testament and passed by others, so also in the New Testament God calls out a people, the church, for His own purposes. Paul explains that being a Jew does not mean that one is a Christian, for not all who are born of Israel are true Israel. It is only those that God calls that are truly the children of God. This sermon presents many of the hard truths of Scripture, but it also shows how these hard truths are some of the most comforting. All of God’s truth is good news for those that love Him and who have put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The main point of the chapter is the tragic position of the Jews as a nation. Though they were God's chosen people, they were outside the church.
  2. While dealing with the situation in his day, Paul lays down principles of universal application. We must apply the scriptures practically to our lives.
  3. The first lesson is the value and importance of the Old Testament. It gives wisdom, comfort, and shows God's unchanging purpose.
  4. We must never rely on natural birth, family, nation, religion, good works, or even our faith for salvation. Only Christ saves us.
  5. Our relationship to Christ is the only thing that matters. We are justified in Him alone.
  6. We must constantly examine ourselves to avoid presumption and ensure we are truly in the faith.
  7. We must avoid reading the Bible with prejudice, humbly seeking truth. The Jews failed here.
  8. Not all members of the visible church are necessarily Christians. We can't assume all are saved.
  9. There is a difference between true continuity (spiritual) and false (physical). Succession alone proves nothing.
  10. We should not be surprised if the church falls into apostasy. Israel did, and the church may. But God preserves a remnant.
  11. Numbers do not matter to God. A remnant, a seed, is enough. Purity and faithfulness are what count.
  12. We must avoid becoming a closed corporation with no concern for outsiders. Israel failed here.
  13. We should expect revival and God's working in unexpected places and through unexpected people.
  14. While valuing orthodoxy, we must avoid a spirit of prejudice or self-satisfaction which could lead God to bypass us.
  15. We must walk humbly with God, giving Him all glory, praying to be used by Him and not quench His Spirit.

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.