THE PLIGHT OF MAN AND THE POWER OF GOD – Martyn Lloyd-Jones (2009)

Although Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones went to be with the Lord in 1981, his influence continues to swell even to this day, and better yet, to a new generation of pastors.

The Plight of Man and the Power of God is the fruit of five messages, originally delivered by the Doctor in Edinburgh in March, 1941.  Lloyd-Jones exposition of Romans 1:18-21, 28, 32 is clear, thought-provoking, and Christ-centered.  His primary intention is to unfold, as the title indicates, the predicament of man and the pardon that is received through Christ.

The predicament of man is clear.  Every person is a sinner by nature and choice and is separated from God, and enemy of God, and under the wrath of God.  “Man must be convinced and convicted of his sin.  He must face the naked, terrible truth about himself and his attitude towards God.  It is only when he realizes that truth that he will be ready to believe the gospel and return to God.”

Lloyd-Jones is quick to direct readers to the cross of Christ.  For it is in Christ alone that sinners find pardon (Rom. 1:16).  “The law of God, which decrees travail and sorrow and misery as the result of sin, has been satisfied.  God in Christ offers us pardon and forgiveness, instead of cursing, blessing … There is but one solution to the problem of individual man and of the whole world.  It is ‘the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation to every one the believes.'”

The Plight of Man and the Power of God is a simple, yet powerful reminder of the necessity of believing and proclaiming the gospel message!

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