Redemption: The Eternal Plan of God
A Sermon on God's Plan of Redemption
Before the creation of the world, before the beginning of time, God had a plan to redeem the world. In this sermon on God’s plan of redemption, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones boldly proclaims the truth of God’s eternal design for the work of Christ. Before the foundations of the earth, God the Father, in His sovereign plan, chose to predestine a people through the atoning work of his Son, Christ Jesus. Though all are fallen and in sin, God through Christ, works to bring about not only a new people, but a new creation. Where Adam fails to keep the covenant of works with God, Christ the new Adam accomplished redemption for humanity through the incarnation and through His atoning work on the cross. This salvation is planned by the Father, acquired in Christ, and applied by the Spirit. Therefore, salvation is the work of God alone. This is the message of the Old and New Testaments, and it is revealed to God’s people through God’s word. This salvation is not the work of humanity, nor is it an afterthought in the mind of God, but redemption is the plan of history from before the world began. The eternal covenant between the Father and Son is the plan, and by the work of Christ it is brought about for His people.
- Redemption is entirely of God. The Bible is an account of what God has done about the redemption of men.
- It is all of grace. It was done in spite of man's rebellion, arrogance, sin.
- It was planned before the foundation of the world. Redemption is not an afterthought.
- The three persons of the Trinity take part in the plan of redemption. The Father originates, the Son executes, the Holy Spirit applies.
- The plan of redemption is a definite, perfect plan. It was perfect before the foundation of the world.
- The consummation of the plan of redemption is certain. Nothing can frustrate God's plan.
- The purpose of God in redemption applies to all things, including the heavens and the earth.
- The plan of redemption always centers in Jesus Christ. There is no salvation apart from Christ.
- The purpose of God in redemption has been revealed in various covenants. God has graciously revealed his plan to men.
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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.