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Sermon #1121

Christ Committed to You?

A Sermon on John 2:23-25


John 2:23-25 ESV KJV
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for …

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Sermon Description

Has Christ committed himself to you? Do you have a relationship with Christ? In this sermon on John 2:23-25 titled “Christ committed to you,” Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question and explains what it means to have Christ committed to you and to have a relationship with Christ. He explains that salvation is not one sided, but it is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Additionally, we cannot decide to take salvation or any part of it whenever we like. Salvation depends on Christ and is not simply our decision. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the vital thing in salvation is whether Christ will commit Himself to us. So how do we know that He has committed Himself to us? None but his loved ones know. If we examine our relationship with him, then we can tell if he has received us. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that if you are resting on some experience in the past that you think may have given you salvation, and you are constantly questioning your faith, then Christ has likely not received you. If you have spiritual understanding, are amazed at yourself, have rest and peace, a sense that you have been ‘dealt with’, and have a hunger and thirst for Christ, then he has committed Himself to you and you have a relationship with Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Salvation is a relationship with Jesus, not just accepting doctrine.
  2. We cannot decide to take salvation whenever we like. It is not something we can take, it is given by Jesus.
  3. The vital matter is whether Jesus commits himself to us, not just our belief in him. We are dependent on him.
  4. There is a secret element in salvation. Some receive it, some don't, for reasons not fully known. But those who receive it know they have received it.
  5. We can know if Jesus has committed himself to us. It is not just an external or surface level commitment.
  6. Those Jesus does not receive rest on their own decision, constantly reassure themselves, or look to a past experience. They do not have a present, vital relationship with Jesus.
  7. Those Jesus receives are surprised at themselves, amazed at God's grace to them. They feel unworthy and filled with gratitude.
  8. They gain spiritual understanding, perceiving spiritual truths. They think spiritually, not just intellectually.
  9. They have a sense of rest and peace. They are not striving or seeking to prove themselves. They have assurance of their salvation.
  10. They have a sense of being dealt with by God, of his active work in their lives. Their lives are guided and directed by him in an ongoing way.
  11. God surprises them with visitations, intimations of his love and care. Their walk with him is not stagnant but progressive.
  12. They have an increasing hunger for God, enjoyment of spiritual things, desire to please God, and love for other believers.
  13. The Holy Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are God's children. This is the highest evidence of all.

The Book of John

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.