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Sermon #5644

Who is man?

A Sermon on 2 Timothy 1:12


2 Timothy 1:12 ESV 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 “Who Is Man?” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tackles deep questions about life from a Scriptural perspective. He shares the good news that one’s existence is not a result of random chance. It has a purpose, and God is in charge. God’s revelation in the Bible shows that humanity is different from animals because they were created with a soul. Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents some common views of humanity today, reminding that people were created to do far more than eat, drink, and fulfill their lusts. Many today chase these activities in hopes that they can be made happy. Yet Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that happiness was never designed to be tied to circumstances — one can find temporary pleasure, but they cannot find lasting happiness. Happiness is dependent upon a relationship with God. Yet, sin separates people from Him. No one can do anything of their own accord — the Bible tells that no one can earn their way to God. Yet, He sent His sinless Son Jesus Christ to die for sins and rise from the dead so that all who put their faith in His sacrifice can be saved.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon is based on 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 begins by providing context for the verse by reading 2 Timothy 1:6-14.

  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes that this assertion by Paul shows that the Christian message enables people to live triumphantly despite difficult circumstances.

  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks how we can live like Paul and be "more than conquerors." He says we must understand what enabled Paul to say "nevertheless."

  5. Paul's ability to say "nevertheless" came from his faith in the gospel and knowledge of the Lord of the gospel. So we must understand the gospel and who God is.

  6. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Christianity has nothing to offer those who don't believe its message. We must accept the biblical message to receive its benefits.

  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks what the gospel message is and says we can only know it through the Bible. He says there is only one gospel, not a new modern one.

  8. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the gospel starts by explaining the world - it was created by God, not an accident. God controls and sustains the world and has a plan for it.

  9. The next question is what is man. Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses various theories of man, including that he is just an animal. But these do not satisfy us or account for the contradictions in human nature.

  10. The Bible says man was made in God's image with an intellectual, moral, and religious nature. Man has a soul, spirit, and body. The soul and spirit make him human.

  11. Man was meant to rule over creation as God's representative and live for God's glory. Man's happiness depends on his relationship with God, not circumstances.

  12. But man rebelled against God, lost his relationship with God, and became self-centered. So the world is now in disorder and man is unhappy. This is the only adequate explanation for the state of the world.

  13. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks what man's destiny is. If he is just an animal, death is the end. But man has an eternal soul that will be judged by God. There are only two eternal possibilities: bliss or misery.

  14. In light of these truths, what hope is there? Man cannot save himself through his efforts and world religions are hopeless. The only hope is through Jesus, who can deliver us from ourselves and give us rest.

  15. When we realize we cannot save ourselves, we must cry out to Jesus. He will give us life, enable us to face death triumphantly, and allow us to say "nevertheless" in all circumstances.

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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.