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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)

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Will your response to the Gospel be only for a season? In part 5 of his series on John 5:31-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones completes his exposition by exposing the wrong response to the truth of the Gospel. Focusing on the person and ministry of John the Baptist, we find a faulty belief in the Gospel and in Jesus. As one examines John’s ministry, initially a favorable response to the truth is found. Like the lights of the Christmas season, the light of the truth concerning Jesus brought great joy to the hearts of his people. What drove this response? To be certain, the man, the prophet and the message tickled their ears and fancied their curious nature. But, the favorable response to John’s light of truth only lasted for a season. The people marveled at him and his words as they longed for a Messiah to heal their worldly problems. But, his message, a preparation for the Gospel and Jesus, was a message of repentance. They must repent of sin, a repentance marked by the fruit of justice toward others. John’s message extinguished the light of their joy. Thus, Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks, “Will your favorable response to the Gospel, be only for a season?"


Additional Scripture Translations

John 5:31-35, New American Standard Bible

31“If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony which He gives about Me is true.

Testimony of John the Baptist

33You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34But the testimony I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was the lamp that was burning and shining, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

John 5:31-35, King James Version

31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

32¶ There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.


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.