A Question of Authority
A Sermon on John 5:31-35
If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. (ESV)
Do you believe in the coming judgment? In part 4 of his series on John 5:31-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones now turns to the certainty of future judgment. Having established that life and judgment were placed firmly in to the hands of Jesus by the Father, Jesus has declared that his testimony is true. His testimony was verified by witnesses, beginning with John the Baptist. The Doctor has explained the sum and substance of John’s witness concerning Jesus and salvation. However, there is one remaining truth that must not be lost, that truth is the clear inevitability of the judgment to come. Man, in the modern age, using science, reason and rationality have suppressed the truth of the judgment. Men have declared that God is love and being love he could not be a God of judgment. Has man in this modern day truly discovered that there will be no judgment? The answer is no. Man has forgotten the moral principle that with actions come consequences. Furthermore, man is suppressing the truth of death and judgment in his unrighteousness. Do you believe in the coming judgment? The Doctor says that you must or you will neglect the salvation so previously provided for you.
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.