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Governed By Darkness

Book of John

A Sermon on John 3:19

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (ESV)

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What is the source of man’s objections to Christianity? Many in modern times claim that Christianity has been refuted by modern science and learning. While it may have been acceptable to believe in things such as miracles, the deity of Christ, and the bodily resurrection in more ignorant times, man is now enlightened. However, in this sermon on John 3:19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the Word of God gives a different answer. What does it say? According to Scripture, man rejects Christianity not because of his intellectual objections, but because of his sinful nature. Scripture teaches that man is fallen and blinded by his sinful desires. What is the answer to man’s great dilemma? Man can only see the world, himself, and God truly when God reveals Himself to man in His grace. There is no other way to know God truly. This act of grace is not based on the intellectual capabilities of men, but on God’s grace. In the Gospel we see that Jesus is the answer to man’s fallen and sinful state. Only Christ can heal the spiritual blindness of man and give them true life.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 3:19, New American Standard Bible

19And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for their deeds were evil.

John 3:19, King James Version

19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

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.