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Sermon #5572

Peace With God Through Christ

A Sermon on Galatians 1:3-5


Galatians 1:3-5 ESV KJV
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon on Galatians 1:3–5 titled “Peace With God Through Christ,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens his sermon with an important and fundamental question: what is the gospel? As Paul writes in his letter, Dr. Lloyd-Jones answers as the apostle answers. The good news is that God intervened and rescued His people from the sin of this world. This gospel is precisely why the church is different from other human meetings. The church is far above organizing a political gathering, listening to music, or reading poetry, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains. Those activities are between people and creation, but the church is based upon the gospel, and the gospel involves God and humanity. It is not a human construction. The good news, unlike the efforts of people, offers a solution as to why the world is so terrible. There is sin, and sin is embedded into the nature of every man and woman. On their own, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, men and women cannot even redeem themselves. But God interceded, as Paul writes, and rescued His people from this state by Christ’s death on the cross. Now it is possible to have peace. The Christian knows that God is stronger than whatever evil humanity can dream up, and it is His Son who will one day bring them into His kingdom.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. We are all part of one of two kingdoms - the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan. By nature, we belong to Satan's kingdom.
  2. The world is under God's judgment and wrath because of sin. This present evil world is doomed and will face punishment.
  3. The good news is that through faith in Christ, we can be delivered from Satan's kingdom and God's wrath. We can be transferred into Christ's kingdom.
  4. Before receiving blessings from God, we must have peace with God. There is enmity between God and man because of sin.
  5. Christ died to make peace between God and man. He took our punishment so God's justice and holiness could be satisfied, allowing Him to forgive us.
  6. By seeing God's love displayed in Christ's sacrifice, our enmity towards God is removed. We are reconciled to God through Christ.
  7. Peace with God leads to peace within - assurance of salvation, quieted conscience, ability to face Satan's accusations.
  8. Peace with God allows us to face any circumstance, even death, without fear. Nothing can separate us from God's love in 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.