Hearing and Perceiving
A Sermon on John 5:24-26Read more
Where will you spend eternity? How can anyone be certain of salvation? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims, how we listen to the Word of God determines our eternal destiny. In John 5:24, John records Jesus’ promise that those who hear his Word and believe have eternal life. As he expounds this text, Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses our attention on the Word, yes, but even more the necessity of how we listen to the Word. Our eternal destiny hinges on whether one truly listens to the truth of God’s word. One must not be a mere spectator who comes and is impressed with the formality of worship and preaching and even the consideration of a philosophy or teaching. Rather, to truly receive and possess eternal life, one must listen with the intent to meditate and understand the significance and implications of the Word. This type of listening not only sees the truth but perceives its implications for the soul. The question then becomes, “What must we see and perceive to gain this eternal life?” In his gospel saturated message, Lloyd-Jones teaches that we must hear the Word expose our spiritual condition as dead in trespasses and sins and under the condemnation of God awaiting his judgment. However, the beauty of Jesus’ promise is that he was sent to pay the debt of our sin, and that hearing and believing in him, we pass out of death and into life.
Additional Scripture Translations
John 5:24-26, New American Standard Bible
24“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
25Truly, truly, I say to you, a time is coming and even now has arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;
John 5:24-26, King James Version
24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
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.