2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
2(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
It is common for the Christian to struggle with waiting on God’s timing and wonder why God seems to take so long to fulfill His promises. Considering all of the suffering in the world, why doesn’t God bring ultimate fulfillment now? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones presses the listener toward the Old Testament where believers in the promise had to wait on the Lord. Many years had passed from the time that God promised a Messiah to the fulfillment of that promise. Listen to “The Holy Scriptures” as Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines Romans 1:2 and asks the questions: why does Paul reference the Old Testament at all? Is the Old Testament disconnected from the New Testament? The Old Testament is part of the authoritative Word of God which shapes the very understanding of the gospel. The writer of Romans wants the reader to understand that the promise given so long ago is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. While God seems to have been silent for so many years, His purposes were being achieved. Humanity has proven that they cannot save themselves and desperately needs a Savior. The sacrifice for sin has come in Christ and the Messiah must die and rise again. While God’s timing may be a mystery, He can be trusted. His promises are fulfilled in Christ.
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.