The Law in Gospel Preaching – Martin Lloyd-Jones

Galatians 3

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 


“Evangelism must start with the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the demands of the law, and the eternal consequences of evil.”

Dr. D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p. 235.

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (20 December 1899 – 1 March 1981) was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. For almost 30 years, he was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London.

“Meet Dr. Lloyd-Jones,” The MLJ Trust

(The page also contains two interviews with him and his documentary on George Whitefield.)

HT: Sherry, The History and Theology of Calvinism


17 thoughts on “The Law in Gospel Preaching – Martin Lloyd-Jones

  1. Thanks, Maria! Mega-church evangelicalism is apt to sweep the Law under the carpet, but the Law shows us our desperate need of the Savior! BTW, I’m currently working on the “Logic on Fire” bundle and enjoying it a lot!

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  2. Thanks Maria. The Law is a very essential part of the Gospel presentation. Just last night in our young teen class we took a little trip through a few of the 10 Commandments to illustrate to the kids how they can never meet God’s standard on their own merit. It’s such a great conversation. To some, using the law sounds harsh, but the truth is even that can be presented with love and kindness, especially when you are willing to show that you, a save believer, have failed in it over and over, yet God saved us anyway.

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  3. MLJ and Spurgeon are both fearless preachers and that’s why I enjoy listening to, and learning from, them. I credit a good deal of my spiritual growth to them both.

    Have a blessed afternoon, precious Sister! \o/

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