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Sermon #5571

Who Gave Himself for Our Sins

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

When the world looks particularly bad, Christians can begin to worry and become fearful, but that is contrary to what God would have them do. In this sermon on Galatians 1:3–5 titled “Who Gave Himself for Our Sins,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds that the world is already doomed to death and destruction, but Christians do not need to die with it. God gave his Son to bear the entire weight of God’s curse of sin from His final wrath and destruction of the world. When one considers the poor condition of everything around them, they should not focus on how to change the world but how to change their hearts. God provides a perfect way to be saved from all that is around—He gave His beloved Son to die in their place. Trust in that Savior and whoever believes that the Son of God was made a curse for them is delivered from the curse.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by stating that the passage for the evening is Galatians 1:3-5 which reads "Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

  2. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that in preparing for the sermon, he thought about how the evening could be spent in the most profitable manner. He says that spending the time in sentiment or emotion would not be profitable.

  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that it is not profitable to simply appeal to patriotism or make moral appeals on this occasion. That is not specifically Christian. The business of Christianity is spirituality, not mere morality.

  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says it would also be a waste of time to simply denounce war and discuss disarmament. That is not the business of Christianity and the gospel. The business of the gospel is to enable people to face death and God.

  5. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the world is under the wrath and condemnation of God and is doomed to be destroyed according to the Bible. Individuals can be delivered from this through the gospel.

  6. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Jesus does not deliver through his teaching, example or incarnation alone. He delivers through his death. His death is the heart of the gospel.

  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says a third of the Gospels are devoted to Jesus's death, showing its significance. The book of Acts and the epistles also emphasize Jesus's death.

  8. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Jesus's death was voluntary. He came to die and gave himself for our sins. His death was not an accident or the death of a martyr. It was a sacrifice.

  9. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says our sins separate us from God. Jesus came to take away sins and reconcile us to God. The Old Testament sacrifices point to this. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

  10. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. The law's curse is punishment for sin. Jesus took our curse and was punished for our sins.

  11. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that whoever believes Jesus took their curse is delivered from the curse and reconciled to God. They are forgiven and saved from wrath, no matter how much they have sinned.

  12. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says this gospel may seem harsh but it shows God's love in sending Jesus to be a curse for us. God's love is compatible with his holiness and justice. We see God's attributes displayed in Jesus's death.

  13. Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls people to be ready to face death and God. The world is doomed but people can be saved from wrath through Jesus. They should be more concerned with their eternal destiny than worldly affairs. The only way to escape the curse is through Jesus becoming a curse for us.

  14. Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls people to repent, believe in Jesus, and give themselves to him to be eternally safe.

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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.