A Sermon on John 5:42
But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. (ESV)
The fatal blow for the soul is to divide one’s belief in God and Jesus. Turning to John 5:40, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones now sets the stage to consider once again the Jews and their rejection of Jesus. A glorious miracle is the backdrop for the narrative of John 5. This miracle allows Jesus to come to the front of the scene and declare his equality with God. His opening lines in the story include the invitation to come to him and believe in him, for to know him is to know God. The crowd of Jews scoff at his words. In his sermon on John 5:39, Dr. Lloyd-Jones offered reasons for the Jews’ rejection, and ultimately the sinners’ rejection of Christianity. Now, like a drama set forth for the theatre, the second act takes the rejection deeper into the heart and soul. The Jews were entrenched in their belief only in God to the destruction of their own soul. Why were they, along with all sinners, so bound in rejection? Rejection of Jesus stems from a lack of love for God. The tender affections of the heart are cold towards him. Do you love God? Do you profess belief without love? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides tests to measure one’s love for God and warns that the soul cannot be divided.