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I continue to be so grateful to the Lord for how He honors His Word. Because I have been a little immobile in recent weeks, I've been doing some reading and also doing some listening. And one of the things I've been listening to is a series of 24 sermons by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. They were preached in the 1950's, so they were preached 50 years ago and it is amazing how absolutely relevant they are to this very moment of this very hour.

He was preaching to a post-war England, a very different culture than this particular culture in America at this time, and yet the relevancy and the power of the Word of God 50 years from when it was preached makes it as vital, as pertinent, as compelling as it was 50 years ago. And this, of course, is a wonderful reminder that the Word of God is timeless, it is absolutely timeless. It is not bound by time. And with that in mind, we come to Hebrews chapter 11 and another illustration of that as we pick up a virtually 2,000 year-old book and see how it applies to us. This book was originally written, this book of Hebrews, to some Jews in a Middle Eastern context and in a culture in Israel very, very different than our own, yet its lessons are equally boundless.

The scope of the writer, as I've been telling you, in this particular section of the book of Hebrews is to prove that the doctrine of salvation by faith is an ancient doctrine. What the writer is trying to say here to these Jewish readers is this isn't something new. They're not two ways to be saved. God hasn't changed His mind. Nor is this a false religion offered to compete with the true. The Old Testament never did teach salvation by works, it always taught salvation by faith. That is not new. Faith has been the only way to please God. Faith has been the only way to be reconciled to God, to apprehend and embrace transformingly the unseen realities of the true and living God. Faith is the only way to enter in to a right relationship with Him....

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