Blinded by Sin
A Sermon on John 5:43
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. (ESV)
Sin blinds the unbeliever from believing in Jesus. The theological depth of John 5 is quite rich. Here, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, continues his exposition of this great chapter that is nestled in the context of divine healing and divine declarations made by Jesus. However, the Jews have outright dismissed Jesus’ claims, refuse to receive him as Lord and Savior, and ultimately begin plotting to kill him. In their rejection, Jesus condemns them, saying they praise men for earthly glory and have no love of God in them. Now, John 5:43, Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds Jesus’ next condemning truth: they are blinded by sin. Jesus tells them that they will receive a man who arrogantly comes in his own name, but refuse to receive him who comes in the name of the Father! Why? The Jews, along with all unbelievers, are blinded by sin. Sin blinds the unbelieving, causing him to lose rationality and become a fool. Sin blinds and also depraves morality. Unbelievers lose all sense of proper judgment because sin clouds judgment and restricts it to prejudice, subjectivity, and arrogance. Like the physically blind who cannot see their path, sin blinds unbelievers to any moral judgment. Dangerously, sin blinds one to receive Jesus, repenting of sin and trusting him by faith to be forgiven and avoid the horrors of hell. How can one be saved from this blindness? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the disease of sin and how one can be cured.
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.