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In the Beginning was the Word

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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Why is the world as it is and what can we do about it all? Only the Bible can help us with the answer, as it accounts for who God is and what He has done. Thankfully, while everything else leads us to greater despair, we have the Bible to turn to in times of trouble and turmoil. The apostle John says, “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asserts in this sermon on John 1:17 that this is the announcement of all Christianity. He contrasts how the Law was ‘given’ through Moses, but grace and truth ‘came’ through Jesus Christ. Christianity is not a teaching or point of view as if it was something to be given. Christianity is essentially the person of Christ Himself. Dr. Lloyd-Jones turns to the introductory phrase in John’s Gospel which says, “In the beginning was the Word.” Jesus, ‘the Word,’ expresses and reflects perfectly the mind of God. He is a perfect and complete revelation of the almighty and eternal God. The Word was made flesh. He was born as a man with human nature and came in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet the world moves on as if it never happened. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ and it is to Him alone that we turn.

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.