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Sermon #5647

God's Way of Redemption

A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12

Scripture

2 Timothy 1:12 ESV NASB KJV
which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12 titled “God’s Way of Redemption,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses his sermon on Paul’s letter to Timothy, where the apostle writes from prison and explains his confidence in whom he has believed. Jumping from Paul’s example, Dr. Lloyd-Jones dives into the importance of the gospel. Salvation is more than living morally and making good decisions. It is more than being a “good Christian.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds that salvation is trusting in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross for the payment of sins. This is God’s plan for the redemption of all since the natural person is corrupt. They are under the power of sin and its total pollution. Humanity’s very nature can’t help responding to sin, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says. On their own, they are unable to overcome their disposition. Good works offer no assurance. Even the great Christian figures like Paul, Martin Luther, and Charles Wesley did not rely on their works for salvation. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that there is a work that saves, but it is not of humanity. The only work that saves is God’s work of sending His Son for humanity’s redemption so they may live eternally.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon text is 2 Timothy 1:12 - "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

  2. The sermon focuses on how Paul was able to face imprisonment and death without fear because of his faith in Jesus Christ.

  3. Men instinctively try to save themselves through good works and morality, but this is not what God demands. God demands perfect obedience and holiness.

  4. No man can save himself through his own efforts. All fall short of God's standards.

  5. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us through His grace. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

  6. We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, not by our own works. We must come to God in helplessness and cling to the cross of Christ.

  7. Paul was able to face suffering and death with confidence because he knew Jesus as his Savior. He trusted in God's promises and faithfulness.

  8. We must know Jesus Christ as our Savior and trust in Him alone for salvation. Only then can we face life and death with confidence.

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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.