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Sermon #1057


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 end result of salvation? Sadly, many Christians never look at the wealth of teaching that Scripture gives about the great scope of salvation, for Christ did not come simply to save people from punishment but Jesus Christ came to make all things new. He came to save bodies and souls from death. Glorification is the completion of all that Christ has begun in His people. This shows that Christianity is not only concerned with the spiritual realm of creation but also the physical, for God will not rest until He has made all things new through Christ Jesus and redeemed all His people fully. But only those who believe in Jesus will receive the gift of glorification. Only those who repent and forsake their sins will become inheritors in the new heavens and the new earth. The Bible is clear that there is no salvation outside of Christ and there is no hope apart from His work. This sermon on John 1:16 confronts all with the reality of their sin and the need to be made new in Christ Jesus.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon focuses on John 1:16 which states "And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace." This verse summarizes what it means to be a Christian - to receive grace upon grace from Christ.
  2. Simply believing certain things about Christ does not make one a Christian. One must receive from Christ's fullness. There is a difference between intellectual belief and truly receiving Christ.
  3. In Christ there is an eternal fullness. He had to come to earth, die, rise, and ascend to heaven before we could receive this fullness.
  4. 1 Corinthians 1:30 states that Christ has become our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The sermon focuses on "redemption" which refers to glorification.
  5. Glorification means entire spiritual sanctification - being made perfectly holy and free from sin. We are being changed from glory to glory by the Spirit.
  6. Glorification also refers to the redemption of our bodies. Our current bodies are subject to corruption but will be made incorruptible. They will be transformed to be like Christ's glorious body.
  7. We do not currently see God face to face, but then we will have perfect knowledge of Him. We will see Him as He is.
  8. Those who have died will appear with Christ when He returns. We will share in the glory of His eternal kingdom.
  9. We will judge the world and angels. We will be restored to the position of dominion over creation that God originally gave humanity.
  10. The pure in heart will see God. We will have access to the tree of life and eternal life.
  11. We are being prepared in this life for the glory to come through righteousness and sanctification. Glorification is the ultimate end.

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.