Graces. not Gifts
A Sermon on John 1:16
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
What does it mean to be a Christian? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from John 1:16 to tell his hearers that the Christian is the one who has received the fullness of God. He preaches that the process of sanctification is part of the Christian life, therefore it must be part of the Christian message. The only reason God can give us gracious fullness of salvation is because He Himself is full to infinite extent. When God gives us salvation, He both imputes and imparts the righteousness of Christ to our behalf. This does not mean the Christian life will be easy. Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates sanctification as a garden. A man can tend to the soil all his life and never produce any fruit, for he has forgotten to plant seeds. In this illustration Dr. Lloyd-Jones also tells his hearers that the vines are produced by God, and our toiling for His glory must be devoted to ridding the garden of weeds. A great encouragement that we can have in God, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches, is that He is our protector; we must feel as a child feels when mom or dad show up to solve the problem. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches about God's graces.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.