Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was once among the best British preachers of the 20th century, if now not the arena. His figuring out of the atonement demonstrates that his place at the doctrine of the atonement was once the similar as that held via the Reformer from Geneva, John Calvin, fellow Frenchman Moïse Amyraut, English puritan Richard Baxter, Congregationalist Philip Doddridge, Anglican J. C. Ryle, and plenty of others.
These nice servants of the Gospel believed that after Christ died at the Cross, He made atonement that was once enough to save lots of all, even supposing best those that repented in their sin and relied on Christ on my own as their Saviour knew the advantages of that atonement. Christ’s dying on Calvary atoned for the sin of the arena (John 1:29), and this Gospel was once to be preached as the arena’s best hope.
Dr Lloyd-Jones ministered in Aberavon, South Wales for the primary 11 years of his ministry, after which moved to London for thirty years, first of all as affiliate minister with Dr G. Campbell Morgan. His Sunday night time sermons have been evangelistic and when preaching away right through the week, he preached evangelistic messages. His spouse, Bethan, outlined her husband, as ‘a person of prayer and an evangelist.’ It is obvious that it was once his prayerfulness that explains his ‘good fortune’ in evangelistic preaching.
His evangelistic sermons have been gained with nice heat via Gospel ministers and different evangelistic preachers. These sermons confirmed how the Gospel was once to be proclaimed with out inhibition and to all males. Preachers lately, each old and young, would do neatly to check the Doctor’s sermons at the Acts of the Apostles, to be told how he preached evangelistically. Many got here to a real wisdom of Christ all over his ministry, and a large number of younger males have been referred to as to the Gospel ministry.
He believed, with the apostle Paul, that the Gospel was once ‘the facility of God for the salvation of everybody who believes’ (Romans 1:16). The Doctor preached that the salvation presented on this Gospel was once for all males, ‘for there is not any distinction; for all had sinned and fall wanting the respect of God’ (Romans three:23). All males stood beneath the righteous judgement of God for his or her sins. With John Calvin, Lloyd-Jones believed that Christ died for all, for all males, for humanity, for the entire human race, for mankind, and that he was once the arena’s Redeemer. That Christ was once the ‘Saviour of the arena’ (John four:42) was once a essential and elementary conviction if the Gospel was once to be correctly declared.
Lloyd-Jones shared the soteriology of Calvin and Baxter. This figuring out equipped a forged foundation for preaching the Gospel, confident that the Biblical message to a misplaced and accountable and condemned global was once faithfully proclaimed.