33¶He turns rivers into a wilderness,
And springs of water into a thirsty ground;
34And a fruitful land into a salt waste,
Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35He turns a wilderness into a pool of water,
And a dry land into springs …
33He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, …
What does it mean that salvation is all of grace? Despite the centrality of grace to the Bible, many Christians do not have a good understanding of what it means that God is gracious. In this sermon on Psalm 107:33–43 titled “A Gift of Grace,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that God gives grace freely so that sinners can be saved. Salvation is a gift of grace; a free gift of God apart from any human merit or works. The work of salvation is a unique act of God wherein God sends His Son into the world to die for sinners. Salvation is accomplished in Christ and given as a free gift to all who repent and believe in Jesus. This sermon shows first and foremost that it is the message that one’s merit and works can never make one right with God. All human striving for salvation is wholly done away with on the cross of Calvary when Jesus died for sinners. This sermon calls all to forsake sin and to believe in God.
- The most important thing in life is our relationship with God.
- We should know the truth about God.
- God is righteous, just, holy, great, mighty, all-powerful, and the eternal judge.
- God saves us through Jesus Christ. We should understand God's salvation.
- God's salvation reverses our natural ideas. It is surprising and incredible.
- God's salvation demands nothing from us. We are in a state of barrenness and poverty.
- God's salvation depends entirely on what God has done through Jesus Christ.
- Jesus died on the cross to accomplish our salvation. He said "It is finished."
- We can receive salvation as a free gift by believing in what Jesus did.
- Martin Luther came to understand salvation is by faith alone, not by works.
- We should praise God for his salvation and tell others about it.
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.