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The Condition of Man

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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Why do people refuse to believe in Jesus? What stops someone from looking to him for hope? In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones takes a third look at John 5:44 and unfolds the root cause of unbelief. Considering this verse and the whole of Scripture, the answer is sin. Like a festering cancer in the body, sin renders a man dead spiritually and unable to believe. In the flow of John 5, the Jews become a perfect illustration of this destructive reality. Jesus has framed the condition of man in the context of the seeking of honor. Man cannot believe because he seeks his own honor and not honor that comes from God. Why does he do this? His heart is blinded by sin. While affirming this truth, Scripture also declares that sin renders man a fool. He is a fool in that he proclaims that there is no God. He is a fool in that sin corrupts his ability to reason. He is a fool in that sin longs for the hedonist experience. He is a fool in that sin causes man to worship himself. In seeking their own honor, the Jews are blinded by sin, fools and unable to believe. Thus, sin is the disease that blinds a man and paralyzes him against belief. How must this condition be overcome? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains and unlocks the glorious remedy to the disease of sin.

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.