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Not Under Law. but Grace

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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When you read through the Old Testament, you find that a great portion of it speaks of the Law. Since the old Law is seemingly of great importance, what is its relationship with Christians today? For most Christians, the understanding of the Law and the Christian either goes too far to the extreme, or not enough. In this sermon on John 1:17, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the true answer to this question which reveals that Christ is the end of the Law for Christians. Before Christ came to die on the cross, we were under the Law. However, since humans are not perfect, we were unable to fulfill it. Because of this, Christ came to fulfill the Law for us, allowing those who put their trust in Him to be delivered from the condemnation of the Law. He goes on to explain that while it is important to think of our salvation in terms of the Law, realizing that we do not receive salvation from our own works, it is also important to realize that when we believe in Christ, we receive His righteousness and He enables us to keep the Law through the Spirit. Because of this, we can have peace knowing that we are no longer under the rule of the Law, but under the rule of Christ. 

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.