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.