The Book of John
MLJ's main series of 185 sermons on John's Gospel; plus his early series of 64 sermons, and a small collection of 13 other sermons preached at Westminster Chapel that were not part of either series.
The Condition of Man
Why do people refuse to believe in Jesus? What stops someone from looking to Him for hope? In this sermon on John 5:44 titled “The Condition of Man,” Dr. Martyn 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 one spiritually dead 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 humanity in the context of the seeking of honor. No one can believe because they seek their own honor, not the honor that comes from God. The heart is blinded by sin. While affirming this truth, Scripture also declares that sin renders all as fools. They are fools in that they proclaim that there is no God. Sin corrupts the ability to reason, encourages longing for the hedonist experience, and causes the worship of self. In seeking their own honor, the Jews are made fools blinded by sin and unable to believe. Thus, sin is the disease that blinds and paralyzes against belief. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains and unlocks the remedy to the disease of sin.
The Message of the Bible
Those who will not believe in Jesus are awaiting condemnation. In this sermon on John 5:45–47 titled “The Message of the Bible,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones picks up his exposition on the passage and confronts the Jews with the authority of the Bible. Jesus is keeping the pressure on the Jews that their belief in God the Father is empty and void. The Jewish claim to believe in God was inaccurate and was not going to lead to salvation but instead condemnation. Beginning in verse 45, Jesus pulls the rug out from under the Jews when He confronts them concerning the words of Moses. In the end, Jesus would not condemn them, but in fact it was the words of Moses that accused them in the present and would again in the final judgment. If the Jews truly believed the words of Moses, then they would believe in Jesus as Moses had written of Him. Ultimately, the Jews were rejecting the supreme authority of the Bible. True belief that saves is found only by accepting the Bible as the authority, in being right and clear about its message, and by acting upon that message. By exposing the Jews’ faulty belief, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones illuminates that true belief begins with the authority of the Bible.