MLJ Monday: A Superabundance of Righteousness

MLJ Mondays My first introduction to Martyn Lloyd-Jones was John Piper’s lecture, A Passion for Christ-Exalting Power. This peaked my interest in a man who had both deep roots in bible doctrine and a great desire for genuine experiential Christianity. So I picked up Joy Unspeakable: Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit. After I read it, marked it, even argued with parts of it, I knew I had found a historical pastor I wanted to devote considerable amount of time and study to. So, I’m setting aside Mondays on the blog to sharing all things MLJ. Here’s the first quote from The Heavenly Doctor:

It is not only that we are forgiven, but over and above being forgiven, the righteousness of Jesus Christ is put to our account, is put upon us… Unfallen Adam was righteous, but it was his own righteousness as a created being, it was the righteousness of a man. Adam never had the righteousness of Jesus Christ upon him. What he lost was his own righteousness. But you and I are not merely given back a human righteousness, the righteousness that Adam had before he fell—we are given the righteousness of Jesus Christ. “Much more”—abundance, superabundance—give full weight to it! We receive this abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans: Exposition of Chapter 5- Assurance

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