The Meaning of Salvation
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)
Is there convincing proof that Jesus was the Messiah? In part 3 of his series on John 5:31-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question with a firm, yes. What is this convincing proof? The proof comes in the form of testimony from John the Baptist. As he testifies of Jesus as the Messiah, the Lamb of God, he offers one final prophetic affirmation that Jesus is indeed the Consolation of Israel. Speaking of Jesus, John declares that he is the one who will come and baptize with the Holy Spirit! The Old Testament speaks of the coming outpouring of the Spirit and John, as the last prophet, proclaims that Jesus will initiate and send that very outpouring. This fact alone demonstrates in convincing fashion that Jesus is the Messiah. But, how are we to understand this baptism of the Spirit? John the Baptist called the people to repent of their sins, be baptized in water as a sign of that repentance and directed them to produce the fruit of repentance in their lives. Was John’s baptism sufficient for salvation? How does it compare to the baptism of the Spirit? In this message, The Doctor answers these questions and how they relate to the Gospel and salvation.