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Pride and Prejudice

Book of John

A Sermon on John 7:15

The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” (ESV)

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As modern people, we like to think we are different from those of the past. But is this the case? Do our technological and scientific advancements mean we can dispense with the past –– especially the Christian past? Many in our leading universities and intellectual centers around the world think Christianity is no longer relevant. We are told that science has taught us differently now! The problem with this outlook, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, comes down to pride and prejudice. Interestingly, this is nothing new. The Pharisees and scribes held this same kind of intellectual hubris against the Lord Jesus Christ. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones demonstrates in this sermon on John 7:15, when Jesus began to teach, they quickly dismissed Him because He did not belong to their schools. They were unwilling to face the “facts” of His message, due to their pride. What is the result of this intellectualism? How does the example of the scribes and Pharisees help us understand the human condition? How might we miss the vital questions of life because of our spiritual blindness? Do the philosophers of our day truly have the answers to life’s most important questions? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones diagnoses the problem that we all deal with: pride and prejudice.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 7:15, New American Standard Bible

15The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this Man become learned, not having been educated?”

John 7:15, King James Version

15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

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.