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Sermon #5558

A Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:17

A New Man


2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV KJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)

Sermon Description

How does a Christian look into the unknown of eternity without fear, and also with special longing? There are no shortcuts in Christianity. “You can never arrive at the result without going through the process,” preaches Dr. Lloyd-Jones. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he preaches this sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:17 about taking a serious perspective in looking at humanity’s current situation. Christianity does not change circumstances — it changes the person. This is something done to humans by God as they cannot make the necessary discoveries. In this sermon, the most urgent questions will be answered and the listener will consider humanity in a new way. The listener is challenged to consider the souls of humanity and stop thinking after the knowledge, authority, and ability of the flesh. The whole of creation is divided based on the individual’s relationship to God; nothing else divides. Do not miss the benefits and blessings of this gospel and be transformed with this new nature that changes everything.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The passage under consideration is 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

  2. The chapter begins with the assurance that we have an eternal heavenly dwelling. This is the great offer and challenge of the Christian gospel.

  3. How can we face death with assurance and triumph? The answer is given in this chapter. We must believe what the Scriptures teach.

  4. Many want the benefits of Christianity but do not accept the Christian way. There are no shortcuts. We must accept fundamental doctrines.

  5. This is something done to us by God, not ourselves. We cannot attain it by our own efforts or works. It is a work of God.

  6. This change is radical and profound. It is a new creation, not a modification or addition to life. It revolutionizes life.

  7. This new creation is the work of the God who created us. There is hope for all through God's power and grace.

  8. The Christian message is different from all else. It does not change circumstances but changes us. We see differently.

  9. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So too the Christian sees life differently. Old things pass away, all becomes new.

  10. This change of seeing comes from God working in us. We do not achieve it ourselves. God makes us anew.

  11. This is not a cloak we put on but a revolution at our center. We have a new nature and principle of life.

  12. The greatest tragedy is inadequate views of Christianity. It is not morality but a new creation.

  13. The world tries to change circumstances. Christianity changes us so we see differently.

  14. We cannot know God or truth by our own efforts. We must submit to God's way.

  15. The world thinks "after the flesh" - by its own powers and for this life. The Christian thinks spiritually, focused on God and eternity.

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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.