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The Christian and God's Law

November 22, 2020
From the MLJ Archive with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Not Subject to the Law

November 29, 2020

Romans 7:1-4 - What does marriage have to do with our relationship to the law? Paul begins Romans 7:1-4 by discussing how our relationship with the law closely mirrors our relationship with our spouse. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones creates four points to show how Paul is using the marriage relationship as an illustration. Just as the woman is bound to her husband by law, so we too are bound to the law. This reflects the dominion that the husband has over the household. In a marriage, the spouses are bound until a death breaks that agreement. We are also bound to the law until a death occurs. At this point, we would then be able to enter into a relationship. Death brings a freedom from the law. In the same way, we have died to the law and are now able to enter into a relationship with righteousness. Finally, the purpose of marriage is to replenish the earth and our relationship with God is to bring forth fruit. We must be delivered from the power and dominion of the law if we are to produce fruit. To recap, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that we must first be separated from the old in order to conform to the new. 

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From the MLJ Archive is the hosted ministry of the MLJ Trust.  Our mission is to promulgate the audio ministry of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981) has been described as "a great pillar of the 20th century Evangelical Church". Born in Wales, and educated in London, he was a brilliant student who embarked upon a short, but successful, career as a medical doctor at the famous St Bartholemew's Hospital. However, the call of Gospel ministry was so strong that he left medicine in order to become minister of a mission hall in Port Talbot, South Wales. Eventually he was called to Westminster Chapel in London, where thousands flocked to hear his "full-blooded" Gospel preaching, described by one hearer as "logic on fire". With some 1600 of his sermons recorded and digitally restored, this has left a legacy which is now available for the blessing of another generation of Christians around the world — "Though being dead he still speaks".

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