"Logic on fire' in the life of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Today after two months of reading I finished a 1200 page biography of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain H. Murray.

The "Doctor" as they called him was born on this day in Cardiff, Wales on December 20, 1899, and died on February 28, 1981.

He became a medical doctor, but after his conversion and a strong desire to preach the good news about Jesus to others he gave up practicing medicine and in 1927 became a pastor in a little place called Sanfields, South Wales.

After many years of a blessed ministry in Wales, in 1939 he was called to London to work alongside G.Campbell Morgan at Westminster Chapel, and in 1943 he became the sole pastor of Westminster Chapel.

His preaching was powerful, resulting in many people coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and in many believers being restored and strengthened in their faith and knowledge of Christ and the gospel. His preaching has been described as "logic on fire".

The Doctor was a humble man because he believed that God saved him not because he of anything good he has done, but simply "by grace through faith" in Jesus' finished work as a human representative obeying God perfectly for us, and as a substitute dying in our place for our sins.

I believe that his expositions of the Scriptures are some of the best in the history of the church. Anyone taking the time in reading or listening to his preaching will experience what a person should experience when they hear "the gospel of the grace of God" - the power of God.

I truly thank God for the "Doctor", his preaching in audio format or in books has been a great encouragement and inspiration to me since 1997, in my Christian life and in my ministry.

A couple of quotes from the "Doctor's" preaching:

“We can put it this way: the man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not even look at what he hopes to be as the result of his own efforts. He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and rests on that alone. He has ceased to say, "Ah yes, I used to commit terrible sins but I have done this and that." He stops saying that. If he goes on saying that, he has not got faith. Faith speaks in an entirely different manner and makes a man say, "Yes I have sinned grievously, I have lived a life of sin, yet I know that I am a child of God because I am not resting on any righteousness of my own; my righteousness is in Jesus Christ and God has put that to my account.”

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, “Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.”

"Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7