Hearing and Perceiving
A Sermon on John 5:24-26
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (ESV)
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, The Doctor 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.