Written that Ye Might Believe
A Sermon on John 20:30-31
The Purpose of This Book
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)
When Christ saves us, will all of my troubles end? Expounding the purpose of the gospel of John, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question through the eyes and experience of first-century believers. Many believe that John’s gospel was written for evangelistic purposes, and it is. However, the purpose to believe in Jesus was also directed to Christians. Why? The Christian life, while filled with eternal purpose and joy does not end one’s troubles on earth, in fact it will increase them. Thus, to face these new difficulties we must believe in the truth about Jesus with firm purpose and unwavering resolve. The first-century believers became scattered, endured ongoing persecution, suffered great personal loss and faced mounting attacks of false doctrine. These believers, and all believers of all times, needed their resolve fastened to sound biblical doctrine of the person and work of Jesus. Therefore, while acknowledging the clear purpose of John’s gospel, The Doctor calls us to believe in the vital doctrines concerning Jesus and to live in accordance with them. If we do, while our troubles may increase, we find resolve and strength to live for the glory of God.