Saturday, December 29, 2007

Victorious Christianity

Victorious Christianity by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is the third volume in his series Studies in the Book of Acts. Just like the other volumes, this book consists of a set of sermons Mr Lloyd-Jones preached from the book of Acts. This book covers only a few verses from the fifith and sixth chapters of Acts, but there's so much to think about in those few verses.

I think these sermons were delivered in an election year, because politics, government, and voting are mentioned quite often. One of my favorite passages (and I marked up and dog-eared this book quite terribly) was this one from the chapter entitled "A Prince":

"Oh, yes, render your vote! 'Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's.' But in the name of God, I warn you, I plead with you, do not stop at that. 'Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.' (Matthew 22:21). The really vital question for all of us is not which party we will vote for, but which kingdom we belong to. Do you only belong to the kingdoms of this world, or do you also belong to the kingdom of our God and of His Christ? This is a kingdom that cannot be shaken. The day is coming when Christ will put the whole cosmos in order. He will destroy eveil and sin and all that belong to them, and if you do not belong to His kingdom, you will partake of that destruction and that eternal misery.
"Here is the great question: Are you aware of God's history, of God's purpose, of God's kingdom? Are you being governed by God's Prince, the Prince of Peace, the King of righteousness? Are you looking forward to the day when 'the earth' - the entire cosmos - 'shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea' (Hab. 2:14)?"

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