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Sermon #5288

The Condition of Fallen Man

A Sermon on Jeremiah 2:10-12


Jeremiah 2:10-12 ESV KJV
For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see, or send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. …

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Sermon Description

What is the greatest contradiction about humanity? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon from Jeremiah 2:10–12 titled “The Condition of the Fallen Man,” it is the fact that people claim to be great rational thinkers, yet they reject God and die in sin. Humanity claims to be enlightened, yet they are slaves to sin. The explanation is that people have rejected God and pursued their own goals in life because they are sinners. A person is not the master of their own fate as they would like to believe, but they are a slave to sin. What then is the answer to humanity’s sinful condition? The answer is grace. People can only escape their sin and the judgment that follows it because God has acted in time and history in the person of Jesus Christ. The gospel breaks into a person’s foolishness and blindness and gives life. God gives glory and honor in and through Jesus Christ because all that repent of their sins and believe are made children of God, righteous and holy. The sermon calls all to forsake their sins and believe in Jesus who has died so that humanity might live forever.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The prophet Jeremiah addresses the nation of Israel during a time of crisis. He asks them what is wrong with the world and why things are the way they are.
  2. The answer according to the Bible is that the world is as it is because man has rebelled against God. Man has fallen from God and lost His favor.
  3. There is nothing new about this question. It has been asked throughout history and is addressed throughout the Bible.
  4. Sin introduces an extraordinary element of contradiction in man. On the surface, man seems great but he also does monstrous things. He is wise yet foolish.
  5. Sin makes a fool of man and turns him into a monstrosity. The heavens are called to be astonished and horrified at man in sin rebelling against God.
  6. In most areas of life, man is characterized by wisdom, reason and caution. But in spiritual matters, he is governed by prejudice and jumps to conclusions.
  7. Sin makes man reject the highest honor offered to him which is to know God. Man was meant to have fellowship with God but rejects it.
  8. Sin makes man careless and reckless about his highest interests like the wellbeing of his soul. He cares for his body and physical needs but not his soul.
  9. Man cares for his own interests like safety, health, wealth and knowledge but not his soul or relationship with God. He is utterly negligent about eternal matters.
  10. Man has changed his glory - which is God - for things that do not profit like idols of fame, wealth and physical pleasure.
  11. Though man does all this, the offer of redemption and a right relationship with God still stands. By repenting and believing in Christ, man can be forgiven and restored.
  12. The heavens that were once astonished at man in sin will rejoice at his repentance. There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.

Old Testament

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.