True Christian Joy
A Sermon on John 4:13-14
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (ESV)
How can we know God? This is one of the most important question any of us will ever ask. There are many answers, some say that we must look to ourselves, or others say that human reason will reveal God to us. But in this sermon from John 4:13-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that these are all wrong. The only sure way to know God is through revelation. God through His Holy Spirit not only reveals His words to His apostles and prophets, but He inspires their very writings of this revelation. This has immense significance for all Christians because by this we have assurance of who God is and what He has done for us. We are not left without a word from God. By looking to God’s Word, we can know that we have been forgiven and made children of God. This insures that we can have true joy that come from knowing Christ. All false religions tell us to look to ourselves for happiness and peace, but it is only Christianity that shows us that peace comes from outside of ourselves. This should encourage all those suffering from depression and sorrow because it tells us that God is the true source of peace and not ourselves; we must simply look to God.
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.