The Road to Fullness
A Sermon on John 1:40-45Read more
What is the road to the fullness of God? Is this something that can only be experienced by Christian heroes of the past or is it for all of God’s children? In this sermon titled “The Road to Fullness,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers these questions by considering conversion in John 1:40–45. A frequent misconception among people is that in order to experience the fullness of God, one must have a Damascus road-type of conversion. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains how this couldn’t be further from the truth and experience of the fullness of God comes from obedience and beholding the Lord. Conversion is not a certain formula that must be followed as it looks different for each person. He emphasizes that what matters is not how one comes to God, but simply that they do come to Him. While conversion may look different for each person, the results will be the same. Dr. Lloyd-Jones speaks about some of the similarities which include unspeakable joy, the finding of truth, and the desire to share it with others. This is the road to fullness. It is not saved only for the Christian heroes of the past, but for all if they only obey and behold their Lord and Savior.
Additional Scripture Translations
John 1:40-45, New American Standard Bible
40One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first *found his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
43The next day He decided to go to Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses wrote in the Law, and the prophets also wrote: Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!”
John 1:40-45, King James Version
40One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
43¶ The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
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.