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Grace and Truth Through Christ

Book of John

A Sermon on John 1:17

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV)

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All throughout the New Testament, it is clearly shown that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law of the Old Testament. Therefore, a good question to ask ourselves is that if Jesus came to complete the Law, then in what ways was the Law incomplete? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in this sermon on John 1:17, answers this question by pointing out different ways where the Law is incomplete on its own: it only speaks in terms of types and shadows, while Jesus came to fulfill it and reveal the truth. The Law only gave promises, while Jesus was the fulfillment of these promises. The Law tells us that the truth will come, while Jesus not only reveals the truth, but is the truth. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes on to explain how truth in this sense is defined as the knowledge of God. The Law was given to Moses as a divine revelation of who God is. However, this revelation only contained parts of this truth. Therefore, the truth could not be understood fully until Jesus came and revealed who God is through grace and truth.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 1:17, New American Standard Bible

17For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17, King James Version

17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

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.