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Sermon #3114

Union with Christ: its Nature

A Sermon on Romans 7:4

Scripture

Romans 7:4 ESV NASB KJV
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. (ESV)

Sermon Description

The truth that all Christians are united with Christ changes everything. It is no overstatement to say that the doctrine of Christians’ union with Christ is one the most important truths for anyone to understand. It is this glorious doctrine that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds in this sermon on Romans 7:4 titled “Union With Christ: Its Nature.” Looking at the apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans, he shows that those who believe in the gospel have been delivered from sin and darkness once and for all. While all are born in Adam, all who believe are born supernaturally into Christ Jesus. It means that the law of sin and death no longer reigns in the Christian, and that they are now part of God’s family and now forgiven from all sin. They are safe in salvation as Christ is loving and powerful. This doctrine is the ultimate hope against all depression, sorrow, and loneliness because it teaches that Christians have a great friend in Jesus. Listeners are encouraged to ask: “do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that He has died for sinners? Do you have assurance that God loves?” There is great hope to all who have truly forsaken themselves and put their trust in Jesus.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Christians are united to Christ. This union with Christ is the basis for everything else.
  2. Christians have died with Christ. When Christ died, Christians died with him. This means Christians have died to sin, death, and the law.
  3. Christians are married to Christ. Because Christians have died to the law, they are free to be married to Christ. This new marriage has replaced the old marriage to the law.
  4. The marriage to Christ is real, complete, and permanent. It will last for eternity.
  5. Christians should not feel the same as when under the law. They should not feel afraid, condemned, or unhappy. They have no reason to fear death or judgment.
  6. Christians are subject to Christ, just as a wife is subject to her husband. Their lives are controlled by Christ, not the law.

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.