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The Mechanics of Interpretation

June 7, 2020
From the MLJ Archive with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

As in Adam; so in Christ

June 14, 2020

Romans 5:12-21 - Sin destroys everything. It ruins relationships, perverts what is pure and undoes the underpinnings of society. In this passage, the Apostle Paul explains the effect of sin on the world and the salvation that Christ has brought from sin. Because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we all have sinned because we are all descendants of Adam. That guilt and condemnation is on all people. However, just as we are all related to Adam, we are all related to Jesus Christ! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that Romans 5:12 is one of the most important verses in the whole Bible in terms of theology. This verse confronts us with two facts: the universality of sin and the universality of death. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then goes on to explain the biblical and non-biblical view of this passage. It would be easy to create excuses for sin or to become angry that we are all guilty because Adam is guilty, but the passage clearly points out that sin is active and so now there is death by sin. Instead of condemning our sin that Adam passed to us, we should be rejoicing that Christ’s work on the cross has also passed to all of us!

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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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