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Seek Honour from God

Book of John

A Sermon on John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (ESV)

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Salvation comes only through belief activated by seeking honor that comes from God. In his first sermon on John 5:44, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that true saving belief is impossible when mankind seeks its own honor. The Jews, though professing to know God, were far from him because they sought their own honor from men. The honor of men is ultimately a seeking of supreme position as Satan offered Eve in the garden. Now, in this second installment, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that the belief that saves comes from seeking honor from God. However, what does this phrase mean? The honor that comes from God is an honor that begins by giving him the supreme position in the heart, mind, and life. This honor, in reality, is the essence of belief that humbles oneself to a lowly position and God to the supreme position. Possessing this saving belief means that one knows that God exists, accepts that God is holy, receives God’s Word as the truth, and is convicted of his or her own sin and need for forgiveness. Belief that seeks honor from God includes these actions and leads one to accept his utter hopeless estate without Him, a desperate sinner before God. When belief is marked by these qualities, it leads one to God and to receive honor from him. Thus, we must consider this message from Dr. Lloyd-Jones and ensure that the honor we seek is honor from him, an honor that leads to salvation and his glory.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 5:44, New American Standard Bible

44How can you believe, when you accept glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?

John 5:44, King James Version

44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

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.