We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The previous post examined the covenant of grace and how it has been revealed in the Old Testament. Today, we’ll look at chapter 21 and see how the covenant of grace is revealed in the New Testament. MLJ emphasizes that while we are examining the covenant of grace in each testament, there … Continue reading The Covenant of Grace in the New Testament
Our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible has taken us through the creation and fall of man. Because Adam failed to keep God’s law, mankind has been condemned and enslaved to sin and its eternal consequences. However, our last post looked at God’s eternal plan of redemption and the good news of salvation brought about by the grace and mercy of God. This great … Continue reading The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament
Our sin has left us eternally separated from God. Mankind has been polluted, thus leaving us both unable and unwilling to please God and be restored to him. We can’t obey and we simply don’t want to. What hope do we have then? If our sin keeps us from believing and receiving the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14), then how can there be any … Continue reading God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption
Since the fall of man, each person has been born with a sin nature. By the sin of Adam all men were made sinners (Romans 5:19). We were created to worship and serve God, yet that has been tainted and perverted. Instead of worshipping God we worship ourselves; instead of living for God’s glory, we seek our own; we want our will instead of God’s, … Continue reading The Pollution of Man
Brokenness is all around us. It doesn’t matter your political views or your religious beliefs, everyone can see that something is wrong. Murder, hate, envy, jealousy, and oppression continue to be prevalent. Everyone seems to be chasing happiness and fulfillment yet even the most ‘successful’ can’t seem to find it. Hopelessness abounds and suicide rates are on the increase. What happened to God’s good creation? … Continue reading The Fall of Man
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapters 14 and 15, which deal with the creation of man in God’s image. Scripture shows that something special was taking place when God created mankind, which is emphasized with a “kind of pause” in the text. In Gen. 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our own … Continue reading The Creation of Man
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 13 entitled, “The Providence of God.” MLJ defines providence as “that continued exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator upholds all his creatures, is operative in all that transpires in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end” (143). There are three aspects to God’s … Continue reading 3 Aspects of God’s Providence
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 12 entitled, “The Creation of the World.” Definition of Creation MLJ begins by providing a definition of creation (borrowed from Berkhof). Creation is “that free act of God whereby He…in the beginning brought forth the whole visible and invisible universe without the use of pre-existing materials, and thus … Continue reading The Creation of the World
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 11 entitled, “The Devil and the Fallen Angels.” MLJ believes that many Christians “have not realized the powers that are set against them” (115). From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture warns believers about the works of Satan. There are many different names attributed to Satan, such as: Satan- ‘adversary’ … Continue reading Who is Satan?
We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 10 entitled, “Good Angels.” The term ‘angel’ means ‘messenger.’ There’s a mysterious element to angels that often leads to either overemphasizing or ignoring them altogether. Scripture often mentions angels, and while we can’t satisfy all our curiosity about them, there are certain truths we can know. MLJ begins … Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About Angels?