Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Holy Spirit and Common Grace

The second volume of “Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We examined the person and the deity of the Holy Spirit in the first two chapters, now we’ll begin looking at the work of the Spirit in...

The Deity of the Holy Spirit

Today we’ll continue our study of “Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by looking at chapter 2 (vol. II), “The Deity of the Holy Spirit.” In the previous chapter, MLJ argued for the personality of the Holy Spirit. Next, he will demonstrate the...

The Person of the Holy Spirit

There is great confusion today regarding the person of the Holy Spirit. Things done under the guise of the Spirit are oftentimes mere sensationalism and emotional manipulation. On the other hand, there is often such a reaction to these extremes that many believers end...
Biblical Evidence for the Humanity of Christ

Biblical Evidence for the Humanity of Christ

The last post in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones examined the Biblical evidence for the deity of Christ. Today’s post provides biblical evidence for both the humanity of Christ (chapter 24, vol. 1 of Great Doctrines). Biblical Evidence...

Biblical Evidence for the Deity of Christ

Biblical Evidence for the Deity of Christ

The last post in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones examined the Incarnation. Today’s post provides biblical evidence for the deity of Christ (chapter 24, vol. 1 of Great Doctrines). 8 Biblical Demonstrations of the Deity of Christ MLJ...

The Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ

One of the most beautiful, mysterious, and yet mind-boggling teachings of Scripture is that God put on flesh and dwelt among us. Every year at Christmas, we celebrate the miracle that the second person of the Trinity “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14)....

Consider Jesus

Consider Jesus

In chapter 22 of Great Doctrines of the Bible, Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights four reasons Scripture gives for everyone to consider Jesus: He is the fulfillment of all prophecies and promises Jesus himself teaches that all of Scripture points to himself (John 5:39;...

The Covenant of Grace in the New Testament

The Covenant of Grace in the New Testament

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The previous article examined the covenant of grace and how it has been revealed in the Old Testament. Today, we’ll look at chapter 21 and see how the covenant of grace is revealed in the New...

What is the Covenant of Grace?

What is the Covenant of Grace?

Our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible has taken us through the creation and fall of man. Because Adam failed to keep God’s law, mankind has been condemned and enslaved to sin and its eternal consequences. However, our last post looked at God’s eternal plan of...

God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption

Our sin has left us eternally separated from God. Mankind has been polluted, thus leaving us both unable and unwilling to please God and be restored to him. We can’t obey, and we simply don’t want to. What hope do we have then? If our sin keeps us from believing and...

The Pollution of Man

The Pollution of Man

Since the Fall of Man, each person has been born with a sin nature. By the sin of Adam, all men were made sinners (Romans 5:19). We were created to worship and serve God, yet that has been tainted and perverted. Instead of worshipping God we worship ourselves; instead...

The Fall of Man

The Fall of Man

Brokenness is all around us. It doesn’t matter your political views or your religious beliefs, everyone can see that something is wrong. Murder, hate, envy, jealousy, and oppression continue to be prevalent. Everyone seems to be chasing happiness and fulfillment yet...

The Creation of Man

The Creation of Man

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapters 14 and 15, which deal with the creation of man in God’s image. Scripture shows that something special was taking place when God created mankind, which is emphasized...

Three Aspects of God’s Providence

Three Aspects of God’s Providence

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 13 entitled, “The Providence of God.” MLJ defines providence as “that continued exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator upholds all his creatures, is...

The Creation of the World

The Creation of the World

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 12 entitled, “The Creation of the World.” Definition of Creation MLJ begins by providing a definition of creation (borrowed from Berkhof). Creation is “that free act...

Who Is Satan?

Who Is Satan?

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 11 entitled, “The Devil and the Fallen Angels.” MLJ believes that many Christians “have not realized the powers that are set against them” (115). From Genesis to...

What Does the Bible Say About Angels?

What Does the Bible Say About Angels?

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 10 entitled, “Good Angels.” The term ‘angel’ means ‘messenger.’ There’s a mysterious element to angels that often leads to either overemphasizing or ignoring them...

Lloyd-Jones on the Mystery of the Trinity

Lloyd-Jones on the Mystery of the Trinity

One of the most difficult Christian teachings is the doctrine of the Trinity. For some, its difficulty gives them a reason to abandon studying it altogether. While it’s true, the Trinity is mysterious, and certainly, above our finite ability to completely understand,...

A God We Can Trust

A God We Can Trust

Trusting the unseen isn’t easy. When life seems stacked against us, we naturally lean toward hopelessness. Our ideal of an easy life is chiseled away by our experiences. Another sickness, another loss, another unmet expectation and we find ourselves asking how much...

The Warnings and Comforts of God’s Attributes

The Warnings and Comforts of God’s Attributes

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ). We’ve looked at the existence of God, and this week we’ll study chapter 6, “The Attributes of God’s Absolute Personality.” MLJ begins by making a case for why we need to study God’s...

The God Who Knows: The Eternal Decrees

The God Who Knows: The Eternal Decrees

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 9 entitled, “The Eternal Decrees of God.” MLJ defines eternal decrees as “things which God determined and ordained before He had done anything at all” (93). When...

The Existence and Being of God

The Existence and Being of God

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ). After spending the first few chapters establishing an understanding of the Word of God (revelation, authority), he now moves on to the doctrine of God. Chapter 5 is entitled ‘The...

The Authority of Scripture and the Christian

The Authority of Scripture and the Christian

Most of us don’t like authority. We don’t like to be told what to do or how to do it. Yet, whether we like it or not, authority is a part of life. We will live and work under authority. We have bosses, shareholders, administrations, etc. to whom we work for. We all...

How Can We Know Anything About God?

How Can We Know Anything About God?

Deep in the heart of man is a yearning, something within us that tells us that there’s more to this universe than what we see. It tells us that we are just a small part of a large stage directed by someone or something else. Some call this invisible force ‘fate.’...

Mind, Heart, and Will: Examining the Great Doctrines of the Bible

Mind, Heart, and Will: Examining the Great Doctrines of the Bible

Doctrine. It’s a bad word among many. It conjures up images of dry, stuffy, arrogant intellectuals who don’t seem to have an ounce of compassion or love in their bodies. One might think of prideful ‘know-it-alls’ who show little signs of spirituality and don’t like to...