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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The Infinite Value of Redemption — The Domain for Truth

SlimJim posted this today and I just had to share. Great message:

I love the doctrine of Redemption. It is a beautiful imagery of what Christ has done on the Cross to save us. Here’s John MacArthur’s recent sermon on the Infinite Value of Redemption from Peter’s epistles. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

via The Infinite Value of Redemption — The Domain for Truth

“The True Gospel”

“The true gospel is an announcement that Jesus Christ lived, and died and rose again to make a perfect, once for all, atonement for sin and thereby purchase full justification and a right standing before God for everyone who trusts in Him as Savior. That’s really good news. It’s eternal good news,” – Phil Johnson (from this lecture)

The Word: Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Ephesians 2:1-10 NASB

What the Resurrection Means for Your Life Today

Today is the day Christians mark as Resurrection Sunday, in the belief that Jesus was raised from the dead after his crucifixion, death and burial.

We affirm, as the Scriptures tells us, that God raised Jesus from the dead as he had said would happen. (Matthew 28:6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.)

But what does that mean really and how does it relate to you today? Continue reading

Biblical Theology: Who Mediates Between Sinful Men and a Holy God?

Although some religions teach otherwise, the Bible makes it very clear that there is only one mediator between sinners (aka: each and ever person who has ever and will ever live) and the holy and righteous God. It is because of our sin (which we are born in) that we need mediation. We cannot approach God in our sinful state.

That mediator is Jesus Christ. Jesus declared himself to be “the way, the truth and the life,” and said no one comes to God the Father through any other means.

We are separated, until Jesus makes a way. The only way is through faith in what he accomplished on the cross, where Jesus bore the punishment for our sins (Isaiah 53:5, Romans 3, 1 Peter 2 and more).

But even after we’ve been converted by faith, Jesus remains our mediator with God the Father throughout our Christian life. 1 Timothy chapter 2:1-7 makes this very clear as it talks about prayer:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (ESV) [Emphasis added]

Jesus’ blood washes away our sins, his righteousness is imputed to us (by grace, through faith) and even more incredible, Jesus remains our mediator forever — interceding for us at the right hand of God the Father. Romans 8 also speaks to this when Paul writes about those who are “in Christ Jesus.” This beautiful chapter that begins with the assurance that “there is no condemnation” for those who are in Christ, continues with other assurances before getting to this one:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV) [Emphasis added]

The Word: Acts 3:20-21

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.

Acts 3:20-21 KJV

 

The Word: Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Continue reading