The Law and Grace
A Sermon on John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV)
What is the purpose of God’s Law to fallen and sinful mankind? It cannot be a means of salvation, for all men are spiritually dead and born sinners. For this reason, no one is able to fulfill God’s Law as righteousness requires. So, if the Law is not to obtain righteousness then what is the purpose? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question by expounding John 1:17 and the great truth of the Law as a means of revealing a sinners need for salvation by God’s grace alone. For the Law always looked forward to Jesus Christ who came to die to fulfill it. By his death we have been healed and by his keeping the Law we have been made new. To try to obey the Law as a means of salvation is to deny the Gospel and reject God’s grace in Christ. This is why the church must always be clear that we are to seek righteousness not as a means of salvation, but because Christ has made us new creatures by the power of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts and minds of all who believe. This Gospel is the only way of redemption and restoration with God and man.
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.