Righteous in Christ
A Sermon on John 1:16
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
The grounds for any relationship is a mutual interest and certain likeness. This is no different in our relationship with God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains this as righteousness; that one’s nature corresponds to the nature of God. This leads to a question: how then can anyone be righteous? Man cannot arrive at knowledge of God because he cannot produce righteousness. As a result, in our fallen condition, we are prone to righteousness by works. This will never do. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains from John 1:16 how to get back into a state of fellowship with God––it is the doctrine of justification by faith. Through Christ, our guilt is removed and we are given His righteousness. And this righteousness is permanent. The relationship with God is now absolute. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. What does this mean for the believer? It means that the devil can never raise within us the question of our standing with God. Yes, Satan will still accuse us. And what he says about our actions is true. But the believer’s hope is not in himself––it is in Christ who has saved us. Christians are recipients of grace upon grace.
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.