Sunday Sermon Series – A False Hope

 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Rev 21:27 (ESV)


COMMENTS and CONTEXT

God makes it clear that the unclean, those whom He has not made clean through the blond of Christ can in no way enter the kingdom of Heaven. Twice in this Chapter (V.8 and our text) John makes this abundantly plain. So what hope does mankind have to reach heaven? Can they be good enough? I mean as long as they are not murderers, adulterers’, rapists etc. surely God will grant them entry  won’t He?

As always the Whole Counsel of God is needed and understanding we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. No amount of self effort will help anyone get to heaven, and that is the issue that J.C. Ryle in our comic above points out; far to many live on the false hope of good works. 

Revelation 21:1-8 ESV and RVR 1960

Today I offer a sermon on that very false hope by one of my favorite preachers Dr. M.L. Jones. May you be greatly blessed.


 Sermon By Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
A False Hope – A Sermon on Revelation 21:5

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (ESV)

 

What is the only hope for this world? Mankind puts his hope in all kinds of different things, from politicians to wise men. The world is always looking for a cure to its many ills. However, try as it may, the world has never found an answer to its many problems over the hundreds of years it has searched. Why is this? In this sermon on Revelation 21:5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the answer is really quite simple. The world does not know God. For this reason, it always looks to the wrong places for hope. The world looks to itself, but this is vain and hopeless because only God can take this broken world and make it right. He is doing just this in His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross Jesus has vanquished not only sin and death, but He has destroyed Satan and broken his hold on this world. Jesus will return and put all things under His feet, He will make all things new and finally vanquish sin and evil once and for all. In the New Heaven and Earth, creation will be remade and freed from all pollution. All those who believe in Jesus will be made partakers of this new creation by grace and faith in Christ Jesus.

 

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as “Spiritual Depression”, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” and “Great Biblical Doctrines”. He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.

Imitators

They say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! We also know the bible is full of warnings about pride. While I think it natural and normal for any parent to have some level of it when their child follows in their footsteps think for a moment of how God the Father feels when we imitate Christ Jesus His Son. 

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CONTEXT:

This is the Apostle Paul’s first epistle (letter to the church at Thessalonica, v.1 To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: in which he begins Chapter 1 by expounding upon the Faith of and giving thanks for the believers of the church there. v.2-5 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly[a] mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 

That brings us to our text for today so let us break it down: 

And you became imitators – Greek (mimētai), Strong’s Greek 3402: An imitator, follower; so one who follows the example or imitates the example set before them. Should you follow anyone’s example, every pastor? Read on my friend:

of us – Greek (hēmōn), 1st person plural, Strong’s Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I. What is so significant about this is it is Paul writing someone who had direct contact with Christ. Who preaches by Grace Alone, by Faith Alone, By Scripture Alone, in Christ Alone to the Glory of God Alone. Such a person is the only example we should consider following. 

and of the Lord, – Greek (Kyriou) Strong’s Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master. A lot of folks want to make or claim (you can’t do either on your own) Jesus as savior but refuse to have Him as Lord of their lives. If He is not you are not a Christian! You must imitate the risen Savior by making Him Lord and Master of ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE. 

for you received the word – Greek (dexamenoi) Strong’s Greek 1209: To take, receive, accept, welcome. Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive. You cannot pick and choose what parts of God’s Holy Word you will follow or imitate it is ALL OR NOTHING. 

in much affliction, – Greek (thlipsei) Strong’s Greek 2347: Persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation. From thlibo; pressure. Life can be hard, full of trails and turmoil but better to have welcomed the Gospel and become imitators of Christ having eternal assurance and…

with the joy of the Holy Spirit, – Greek (charas) Strong’s Greek 5479:  Joy, gladness, a source of joy. From chairo; cheerfulness, i.e. Calm delight. How would you rather go through tough times with no hope or with a source of joy that cannot be defined? The Holy Spirit indwells 1 Corinthians 3:16 and is our source of joy and comfort in times of trouble (the Beatles got it wrong all those years ago). 

CONCLUSION:

Christians are to live their lives as examples to the rest of the world.  That is not always easy to do, there will be trying times both on a large scale (pandemics, disasters, etc.) and more personal level (loss of jobs, sickness, etc.). Yet like the Thessalonians, we can both receive the Word in our afflictions and do so with the joy of the Holy Spirit  that we may share it with others by our example.