17For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Why must the Christian be confronted with the law of God? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on John 1:17 titled “A Holy God,” it is so that they are confronted with God’s nature and character. God is holy and just. It is by being confronted with their own sin that they see how deep their need is for Him. The world needs to hear the message that God is holy, and His law is just and perfect. In the law, Christians see that holiness begins with love of God, not neighbor. For only by loving God rightly can they ever truly love their neighbor as God requires. The great error of sinful people is that they do not start with God, but with themselves. The gospel, however, starts with God as holy and loving. It starts with God sending His Son into the world to save sinners. This sermon asks the question: “do we start with God or do we see all of life from our own perspective?” This weighty question calls all to examine themselves and to look out to the holy God who has revealed Himself and given the gospel.
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.