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Sermon #5264

A Free Salvation

A Sermon on Isaiah 5:1-7

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Isaiah 5:1-7 ESV NASB KJV
Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine …

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Sermon Description

It is common to hear that the Bible is outdated, that it was written so long ago that it no longer has any relevance for the “advanced” world today. The Bible has one clear message throughout— why the world is as it is, and how it can be fixed. In this sermon on Isaiah 5:1–7 titled “A Free Salvation,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds that far from being too old and irrelevant, Scripture is the only tool one can use to help the state of the world today because it speaks to the core questions and desires with which every generation from the dawn of time has wrestled. The first point the passage addresses is the root of the issues faced today. Humanity’s ultimate trouble, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is that they do not know and believe the truth about themselves, and thus act accordingly. This passage reinforces the idea that people are not evolved animals but rather beings created in the image of God. The second point touches on the unreasonable nature of human behavior and conduct in light of what God has revealed about Himself. Third, Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds that human conduct is inexcusable— God has done everything that could be done for them, and yet they still choose rebellion. The solution is repentance from sins—turning from disobedience against God and His commands—and trusting in Jesus for forgiveness of sins.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Man is in trouble because he does not know the truth about himself. He does not realize he is created by God and meant to live for God.
  2. The world is baffled about the cause of its troubles and unhappiness. The Bible provides the answer: man's sin and rebellion against God.
  3. God made man in His image and placed him in a perfect environment (the garden of Eden). He provided and cared for man.
  4. God expected man to live righteously and obey His law. But man rebelled against God.
  5. Man's behavior is utterly unreasonable. There is nothing wrong with God's law and demands. Man's sin is irrational.
  6. Man produces the opposite of what he was meant to produce. Instead of good fruit, he produces "wild grapes" - bitter, useless, and foul results.
  7. Man is inexcusable in his sin. God has done everything necessary for man's salvation, even sending His Son to die for man. Man has no excuse.
  8. Because of man's sin and rejection of God, God withholds His blessing, protection, and allows man's efforts to become desolate. Life is filled with "thorns and briars."
  9. The only hope for man and the world is to repent, believe in Christ, and be reconciled to God. Salvation is still offered, but for how much longer?

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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.