- Hardcover: 5075 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851517560
- ISBN-13: 978-0851517568
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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About the Author
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was born in Cardiff and raised in Llangeitho, Ceredigion, Wales. Educated at Tregaron County Intermediate School and then in London at Marylebone Grammar School between 1914 and 1917, he went to St Bartholomew s Hospital as a medical student. He then worked as Chief Clinical Assistant to the Royal Physician, Sir Thomas Horder.
After sensing a call to preach, in 1927 Lloyd-Jones returned to Wales having married Bethan Phillips (with whom he later had two children, Elizabeth and Ann) as minister at the Bethlehem Forward Movement Church (known as 'Sandfields') in Aberavon (Port Talbot).
After eleven years at Sandfields, he was called in 1939 to be associate pastor of Westminster Chapel, London, working alongside G. Campbell Morgan. During the same year, he became the president of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Students (known today as the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UK)). In 1943 Campbell Morgan retired, leaving Lloyd-Jones as the sole Pastor of Westminster Chapel, a position he was to hold for the next 25 years.
After retiring from Westminster Chapel in 1968, due to illness, for the rest of his life 'the Doctor' concentrated on editing his sermons for publication, counselling other ministers, answering letters and attending conferences. He preached for the last time on June 8, 1980, at Barcombe Baptist Chapel. He died peacefully in his sleep at Ealing on March 1, 1981, and was buried at Newcastle Emlyn, near Cardigan, west Wales.
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In conclusion, you ought to read The Law: Its Function and Limits. I will not bother give the arguments away; go ahead and read it on Gospel truth dot net. While you’re there, be sure to read some of the other great writings on that site. Don’t go hating on me until you’ve refuted (by which I mean REFUTED, not merely made an embellished denial of) Lloyd-Jones and the other commentators. On the minus side: (1) The version I read was copied by a sloppy typist. (2) This version does not have the comments on 8:1-4. Oh well; he likely argues against the second half of 8:1, which I certainly do not wish to see. (3) Lloyd-Jones gives some silly corrections of the King James Bible, but they are few and far between. Ignore them.
Without doubt, Romans 7 is a difficult chapter and MLJ handles every verse in a very detailed manner. He always began treating the core theme of the chapter, and then expounded it verse by verse (even word by word). After reading this book, I now know why the law kills. He explained why the law was never intended to give life, but quite the contrary: to make believers "dead," and also explained believers' position: "dead to the law." Another shocking revelation to me is that the "law of sin and death" in Romans 8:2 actually refers to the moral law (i.e. the Ten Commandments), which is like what JP always empasizes. Now MLJ did not take this lightly, he proved it and he reasoned it out (with his "logic on fire" style). However, he also warned us the danger of discarding the law in one's life. According to MLJ, believers must not say goodbye to the law (contrary to what JP believes), because Paul still preached the Ten Commandments.
It is hard to refute what MLJ said when he expounded the scripture, because he always backed his opinion with the supporting parallel verses. What I like in his exposition, is that he always did his "homework": he compared his position to Calvin, Charles Hodge, Scofield and other giant commentators; and he did not hesitate to express his position against false interpretations (notably against Charles Hodge’s and Scofield’s). He did not mention a single greek word, but he did explain the true meaning of the original word used in a verse.
I happened to find the opinion of Thomas N. Smith in the Quarterly Journal for Church Leadership (Vol. 1, no. 4, 1992) about MLJ’s style when dealing with Romans 7:
"MLJ's expository approach is permeated with the tendency to eisegete as much as we exegete Scripture. The chief flaw of his method is that he spends too much on a particular word, phrase, or even text. The expository method is best implemented and guarded when the preacher takes things paragraph by paragraph, because then he is protected by the innate textual and contextual safeguards that are built into the written Word itself. MLJ's failure to do this enables him to produce what I believe at times is sheer nonsense; e.g., his meanderings and wanderings through Romans 7:14-8:4."
I do not agree with Smith. What he considered as the chief flaw is in fact MLJ’s greatest strength for me: expounding the scripture to the micro details. When I read MLJ’s exposition on Romans7; it is as if he can read what Paul had in mind. No joke!
If you are a big fan of JP, but still wondering why then God gave the law, then you should read this book. I understand better the position of the law in believer’s life after reading this book. This book is a real blessing.