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Sermon #1054

Final Perseverance

A Sermon on John 1:16


John 1:16 ESV KJV
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)

Sermon Description

What is the result of salvation? Often times Christians speak of their salvation as simply being forgiven or saved from sins. While this is true, in this sermon on John 1:16 titled “Final Perseverance,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that salvation is more than being forgiven. According to him, salvation is salvation unto good works and a life of holiness. The idea that one can be a Christian while continuing to live in sin and rebellion is not taught in the Bible. This is because the Bible always teaches that God uses good works to enable Christians to persevere to the end. God gives the Holy Spirit that equips the faithful to live a life of good works. This same Spirit keeps all true believers from falling away and losing their salvation. All who are saved persevere to the end. This is only because God has promised to keep all those whom He has saved. This sermon gives great hope to all believers who have truly trusted in God. To those who do not know Jesus, it promises a salvation that is secure and stable to all who believe in the gospel.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Christians have received grace upon grace from Jesus Christ. This is what makes us Christians.
  2. We are destined for eternal glory and to see God face to face. This is the Christian's destiny.
  3. However, we still live in a world with sin, temptation and spiritual opposition. How do we persevere to the end? This is the key question the sermon addresses.
  4. We must put into practice what we already know from Scripture. We must make specific efforts through our will and actions. However, this is not enough on its own.
  5. The Holy Spirit dwells within Christians to guarantee our ultimate redemption and bring us to perfection.
  6. The Holy Spirit yearns for our sanctification with a jealous envy. He longs for our glorification.
  7. The Holy Spirit gives us more grace to enable us to resist temptation and persevere. His grace is greater than any sin or temptation.
  8. The Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus' presence and victory which gives us strength. We can say "I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless".
  9. The Holy Spirit gives us strength for each day and situation. "As thy day, so shall thy strength be". He gives greater grace for greater trials.
  10. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. He always provides a way of escape.
  11. The Holy Spirit can even heal backsliders and restore those who fall into sin through his abundant grace. His grace never fails.

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.