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Sermon #5202

They Were Naked

A Sermon on Genesis 3:7-8


Genesis 3:7-8 ESV KJV
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid …

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Sermon Description

In the garden of Eden, humanity tried to recover from what was lost at the fall. Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with leaves and hid from God. Ever since, humanity has never ceased to run from God and cover the results of the fall with intellect, politics, and medicine, ignoring the reality that no politician or medicine can address the guilt-ridden conscience. In this sermon on Genesis 3:7–8 titled “They Were Naked,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that humanity has been trying to ignore the reality of God and of guilt ever since the garden. He illustrates this idea by calling out to the individual conscience and showing that fear of death and a guilt-ridden life have a God-given conscience in common. Christians must fight the temptation to convince themselves that everything is just fine as it is but instead recognize that without a Savior, this whole world is upside down and their own soul is torn with sin and guilt. Listen and hear about the God who is both just and merciful. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages Christians not to cover over inadequacies with false hopes that cannot fix a guilt-stained conscience but to look to Christ who forgives sin and makes filthy consciences clean.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Man has a sense of loss and incompleteness due to the Fall.
  2. Man tries to deal with this sense of loss through culture, politics, and religion but these are inadequate.
  3. Man has a sense of guilt, fear, and shame due to sin. Though man claims he is not afraid, he lives in fear.
  4. Man tries to escape God though God calls out to man. Man runs from God though God is the only one who can save him.
  5. Only Jesus Christ can meet man's deepest needs and longings. Jesus took man's guilt and shame upon Himself on the cross.
  6. When one comes to Christ, he receives pardon, adoption as a child of God, new understanding, and peace.
  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones pleads with the listeners to come out of hiding and come to Christ.

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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.