Seek Honour from God
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)
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.