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Sermon #5389

Whosoever Exalteth Himself?

A Sermon on Luke 14:7-14


Luke 14:7-14 ESV KJV
Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited …

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Sermon Description

The kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of this world. This great truth is at the heart of Jesus Christ’s ministry. This is why He speaks the seemingly contradictory truth that those who exalt themselves will be brought low, but those that humble themselves will be exalted in the last day. In this sermon on Luke 14:7–14 titled “Whosoever Exalteth Himself?” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones tells us that people, in their sinful pride, naturally seek their own exaltation. They love themselves and deny that they are in need of a Savior. Without God, people are wholly ignorant of their state as a sinner in need of God’s grace. This sinful pride is one of the greatest obstacles to ever being saved because they see no need for any to help; in fact, that person does not see themselves as a sinner at all. But the gospel is the message that all are a sinners and that God alone can save. Only God can show people who they are and of the salvation that is needed. The gospel tells that no one should seek self-exaltation, but instead seek the exaltation of God and by doing this, they will find true peace in Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon addresses why people reject Christ and his gospel.
  2. People reject Christ because they fail to understand the truth about themselves. They overestimate themselves and their abilities.
  3. People base their beliefs on their own opinions and ideas rather than on authority or facts. They have an unwarranted assurance in their own positions.
  4. People's beliefs are insecure and subject to change, even though they do not realize it. Sudden destruction can come upon them.
  5. People are ignorant of themselves. They do not recognize their own sin, helplessness, and selfishness.
  6. People are ignorant of God. They do not recognize that the world belongs to God, not themselves. God is the judge and has the power to enforce his judgments.
  7. God's standards of judgment are not the same as human standards. What humans esteem highly is abomination to God.
  8. God's judgment will lead to shame and destruction for those who reject him. There is no appeal or resistance.
  9. People are ignorant of what God really wants - humility, not pride. He wants people to recognize their need for him.
  10. God blesses those who humble themselves, who recognize they cannot save themselves. He blesses those who do good without seeking reward or recognition from others.
  11. God blesses those who look to the resurrection of the just, not worldly rewards. They live for the eternal, not the temporal.
  12. People must face themselves honestly in light of God's word and recognize their sin. They must plead for God's mercy and take the place of the publican who cried "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
  13. God provides salvation through faith in Christ, who died to forgive sins, make people good, and prepare them for heaven.

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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.