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A Picture of Unbelief

Book of John

A Sermon on John 7:25-30

Can This Be the Christ?

Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. (ESV)

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In this sermon on John 7:25–30 titled “A Picture of Unbelief,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the objective picture of unbelief. Listen and learn that unbelief fails to consider the facts and engages in the danger of dogmatism: “Unbelief makes dogmatic assertions which can prove to be completely wrong.” Complete confidence in self and one’s own belief is a characteristic of unbelief. Why do people still dogmatically reject Christ and the gospel? Take time to find the real facts and essential truth. It is worth it to “take the trouble” and discover what Christianity truly is. The claims of humanity pale in comparison to the claims of Jesus Christ. No one ought to replace the teaching of the word of God with human doctrines and commandments. What is the basis of knowledge? One must build on a solid foundation. Who are these so-called experts? There seems to be so much certainty in modern science and knowledge, yet it is this very knowledge of humanity that proves to be a refusal to listen to God. Do not turn to follow the dogmatic assertions of people who turn mere theories into facts without legitimacy. Turn to follow the One who knows God.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 7:25-30, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

25So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is this Man not the one whom they are seeking to kill? 26And yet look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they? 27However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.” 28Then Jesus cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know Me and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29I do know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent Me.” 30So they were seeking to arrest Him; and yet no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

John 7:25-30, King James Version (KJV)

25Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 26But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

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.