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with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Boasting Excluded Sunday, January 12, 2020
Romans 3:27-31 - Merely knowing the truth will not save anyone. The Jews are a vivid example of this desperate condition. So often they prided themselves as God’s chosen people and thus did not need Paul’s teachings. However, Paul shows that boasting in our works or our heritage will do nothing in terms of one’s salvation. Salvation is open to all people, yet there is nothing that we actually do that merits our salvation; it is truly only by the work of the Lord. It may seem that Paul has been repeating the same statements several times in the past few chapters, and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones adds that this is because the message is crucial, and because of sin, the truth does not always appear right away to those who are listening. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also shows that we too are guilty of boasting. Sometimes we may say that our faith or our works are the reason we receive salvation, but that is wrong! Our faith is merely the instrument by which we receive salvation, and our works are merely the outward expression of the work of the Lord. We should be very mindful that our faith is not only intellectual or a belief; it must be a true element of trust and committal in our lives.

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