Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Man Rebels, ‘God comes into the wreckage’

The Bible asserts that man, though he has turned his back on God, still exists before him. And it is because of this that I keep preaching. It is because I believe that all who die in their sins not only go to judgment but go to hell that I keep proclaiming the message. If I believed that when we all die, that is just the end of it, that our bodies just dissolve and become part of the earth and that is all, then there would be no need of a gospel. But “it is appointed unto men”—all men—“once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Death is not the end. We go on, and we go on for all eternity. The judgment is announced; judgment is pronounced.

But, thank God, man is fallen, condemned, miserable, and helpless, but God intervenes! God comes into the wreckage. God visits man and calls him by name and addresses him. God, even at the moment of rebellion, tells man that he has a way to rescue him and to redeem him: “It [the seed of the woman] shall bruise thy [the serpent’s] head.”

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn (2009-10-07). The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith (pp. 21-22). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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Start with God

“The only way to understand yourself or your life is to start with God. And right at the very beginning the Bible takes us there. If you are not clear about this, you will go wrong everywhere else.”

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn (2009-10-07). The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith (p. 13). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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Don’t Miss List for April 12, 2016

Victoria Osteen Puts Words in Jesus’ Mouth

VOsteenThe Museum of Idolatry has this 44-second gem on display, providing further proof that neither Joel Osteen or his wife Victoria, have any idea what the Bible actually says or means.

One of my favorite Shepherd’s Conference Messages

I intended to post this sooner, but life and surgery got in the way. But I think this session from ShepCon 2016 by Nathan Busenitz is a must listen. Titled “Evangelicalism’s Quest for Popular Acceptance,” Busenitz delves into the risks of choosing intellectualism, political influence or even the noble goal of trying to reach more people over biblical fidelity. These are all tempting alternatives to biblical faithfulness that must be rejected.

Berean Research on the Azusa “Revival”

The Azusa event took place over the weekend and Berean Research has a post about it.

Iran’s Underground Church Continues to Grow

I wrote this article for WORLD recently about the growth of Christianity under severe persecution in Iran.

Entreating Favor on the Psalms

I really loved this Psalms edition of EF’s “Best Book of the Bible” series from Nate Pickowicz. I love the Psalms, for this is helpful place to start if you’re not quite sure what this huge book of poetry is doing in the middle of your Bible.

A Quote From Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“One of the greatest exponents of the Christian faith that the world has ever known was the mighty apostle Paul, and he tells us that we are as we are because of the sin of Adam and that we all sinned with him and we all fell with him. And Paul says that over against Adam is the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15:22).”

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith