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Sermon #5201

The Message of the Bible

A Sermon on Genesis 3:1


Genesis 3:1 ESV KJV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (ESV)

Sermon Description

Why is it so important to understand the narrative of Scripture? In this sermon on Genesis 3:1 titled “The Message of the Bible,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the great story of the Bible by looking at the fall of humanity into sin, and the death of Jesus—the only remedy of sin. The state of the world can only be accounted for in the story of the fall. When humanity sinned against God, the whole world fell into sin, and they became slaves of the devil. No other story can account for the sin and evil that is in the world. Only the word of God tells why the world is in the terrible state that it is, and God’s word alone gives the answer to all the world’s problems. The glorious truth of Scripture is that God has sent His only Son to overcome sin, Satan, and the fall. Jesus is the new man who has come to redeem the whole world. This is the story of the world: humanity sinned against God, but God has sent Jesus to make all things new. This sermon confronts all with the truth of God’s salvation in Christ and the need to repent.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The Bible begins by asserting that God exists and is eternal. We cannot fully comprehend God with our limited human minds.
  2. The world was created by God, not the result of blind chance or accident. God created the world and everything in it perfectly.
  3. God created human beings uniquely in His own image. Humans were originally created morally upright and lived in harmony with God.
  4. Evil entered the world through the temptation of Satan, who is opposed to God and seeks to destroy His creation. Through Satan's temptation, humans rebelled against God and fell into sin.
  5. As a result of the Fall, humans are now helpless to escape from sin and are under the judgment of God. The problems we experience in life stem from sin and rebellion against God.
  6. God has provided the solution to the problem of human sin in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus conquered sin and the devil, and offers redemption and eternal life to all who believe in Him.
  7. We must recognize our sinfulness and helplessness, repent, and put our faith in Jesus Christ as the only solution to our deepest problems. He will receive all who come to Him and give them new life.

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.