An Exposition of Romans, 14 Volumes
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This 14 volume set by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is arguably the finest exposition of PaulÃ¢ÂÂs epistle to the Romans ever written. Lloyd-Jones was the preeminent evangelical preacher of his era and this set is exceptionally good because its volumes are a series of verse-by-verse expository sermons written for a live audience (the evangelistÃ¢ÂÂs Westminster congregation during 1955-1968). Unlike a typical bible commentary which is structured to move in staccato steps through ScriptureÃ¢ÂÂabruptly alternating between text and technical exegesisÃ¢ÂÂthis unique format, with a narrative commentary that flows smoothly through the epistle, captures the Welsh pastorÃ¢ÂÂs phenomenal oratory skills and his passion to expound the gospel.
Preaching allowed Lloyd-Jones space to breathe out a full exposition of PaulÃ¢ÂÂs epistle, and because he was speaking to an audience seated in the pews before him, there is a dynamic present in these volumes between expositor and reader that is absent in other commentaries. Each sermon progressively unfolds the meaning of verse, literary unit and themeÃ¢ÂÂin contrast to a commentary that merely dissects them in order. Imagine listening to a live version of your favorite album after hearing the studio version and youÃ¢ÂÂll grasp the contrast between this remarkable commentary and others.
Throughout the volumes, Lloyd-Jones periodically reminds his listeners that the epistles are but mere summaries of the apostleÃ¢ÂÂs thought and that we should slow down the pace of our bible reading and reflect more on the text at hand. The greatest lesson these volumes have taught me is that I miss the breadth of the apostleÃ¢ÂÂs teaching when I forget that his epistles are succinct, not sustained, doctrinal arguments. To Lloyd-Jones, the only method to properly convey the riches of PaulÃ¢ÂÂs letters is not through arid academic commentary, but by preaching the text. As Lloyd-Jones states in volume 6, Ã¢ÂÂThe New ManÃ¢ÂÂ,
Ã¢ÂÂThe Christian is meant to glory in this Ã¢ÂÂBut nowÃ¢ÂÂ [Rom. 6:22]. He asserts it. That is why I maintain, and maintain stoutly, that a man who understands this truth cannot merely lecture on it. A man who can lecture on this does not really appreciate what it means. If you know anything about this you are bound to preach! A man who can say Ã¢ÂÂBut nowÃ¢ÂÂ coldly, and merely regard them as two words, just a part of the construction of a sentence, a part of the syntax, has never seen their real meaning. No, the Christian cannot look at these words without being moved to the depth of his being.Ã¢ÂÂ
The New Man, pg. 288
The impassioned style of Lloyd-JonesÃ¢ÂÂs expository sermons is the manner in which I imagine Paul himself would have expounded upon his own epistle.
Lloyd-Jones never wrote what I term Ã¢ÂÂdrive-thru theologyÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂthat superficial brand of Christian writing that is so dominant among contemporary Christian pastors, authors, and evangelical social media websites. Lloyd-Jones would have abhorredÃ¢ÂÂabhorred!Ã¢ÂÂ the trivial pastoral tweets that rapidly accumulate on these Christian Facebook, Twitter, and blog sites. He was an expository preacher who loved to instruct his listeners on the importance of regularly reading Scripture to grasp the solid theological doctrine that aids and encourages Christian spiritual growth (Heb. 5:12-13). I wish there were more pastors and theologians alive today who possessed his talent for exposition and his dedication to that calling.
When I first saw this set many years ago, I snickered to myself, Ã¢ÂÂOnly an egomaniac would write 14 volumes about one New Testament epistle, only a sucker would buy them, and only a lunatic would read them." I could not have been more mistaken on all accounts. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was anything but a pedantic egoist, and anyone who values well-written and sound biblical commentary is neither foolish for investing in the purchase of this remarkable set nor for the enjoyable hours spent in reading it.
October 29, 2013
Great study material
Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his series on Romans has clearly and simply expounded the scriptures. He has given a comprehensive explanation verse by verse and chapter by chapter of Romans. He is the greatest expositional writers I have ever read. There is no doubt of his love of God as his devotion is heard in each word as he reverently expounds the verses. I read the volumes straight through following along in scripture and found them to be rich in thought. I plan to one day go through them again. You will not be able to put them down! You will visit them over and over again!
I first read his book Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. After being touched to the soul I decided to read all of his works. I am going through them one by one. I believe Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has affected my life more than any other writer, other than reading the Bible itself.
October 23, 2012
Best teaching I have ever encountered!!!!!
I have been a student of the Bible for many, many years but I have never learned of the depth of God's Word like that from the teaching of D Martyn Lloyd-Jones. If you are disappointed with the teaching from the pulpits today, try any or all of his expository teachings. You will not be sorry.
January 27, 2012