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The Quest of Man

Book of John

A Sermon on John 1:16

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)

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What has been the greatest quest of humanity? The search for wisdom. In this sermon on John 1:16 titled “The Quest of Man,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes the search for wisdom over the centuries. Humanity has sought happiness, understanding of death, and knowledge of God; all of these are subjects of wisdom and the world seeks these things through various philosophies. This kind of worldly wisdom has only led to false religion. Dr. Lloyd-Jones elaborates on the failure of philosophy, and shows the listener that the world has come short of true knowledge of God for thousands of years. Yet, Christ has made God known. Though no one has seen God, Christ is the Son of God incarnate. Therefore, the Christian has access to knowledge of God and true wisdom. The believer knows God through His Word and Spirit because of the incarnated work of Christ. Humanity may, even now, know God. Jesus describes Himself as One who is greater than Solomon. The least in the Kingdom of Heaven has more wisdom on life and godliness than the greatest heathen philosopher, because true wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit in the Holy Scriptures. The believer should look no further than to the very written words of God in order to find wisdom.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 1:16, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

John 1:16, King James Version (KJV)

16And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for 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.