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Sermon #5428

Sent From God

A Sermon on John 5:31-35


John 5:31-35 ESV KJV
If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that …

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Sermon Description

In part one of his sermon series on John 5:31–35 titled “Sent From God,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd turns to the message of the gospel and the witness to that message. Why do people need salvation? Since the fall, all are born into sin. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. None are righteous, not even one. All who are in sin are under the judgment of God. However, there was One sent from God, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was sent to save and bore the penalty of sin on the cross as a substitute for sinners. He made a sacrifice for sin that if one applies to his or her life by belief and faith, they shall not perish but have everlasting life. This was Jesus’s message of the gospel. Jesus says that this is true because He testifies to it. He also reminds that God sent another to witness and testify that Jesus’s message was true, the great prophet John the Baptist.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by introducing the passage from John 5:31-35 which talks about Jesus not needing the testimony of men but saying these things so that people may be saved.
  2. The sermon then establishes that everyone is born guilty before God and under His wrath, needing to be saved from guilt, power and pollution of sin.
  3. Jesus alone can save as stated in John 3:16. The sermon emphasizes believing in Jesus as the means of salvation.
  4. The sermon then introduces John the Baptist as the first witness to testify about Jesus. John makes it clear he is not the Christ but just the forerunner.
  5. John testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, the bridegroom, the one who comes from above and is above all. Jesus testifies to what He has seen and heard.
  6. The sermon asks why the world does not listen to and believe in Jesus. The answer is because they do not believe Jesus is the Son of God.
  7. The sermon states that Jesus' coming does not save ipso facto. John says Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire.
  8. The sermon concludes by appealing to the listeners to believe the testimony of John about Jesus, to believe in Jesus and be saved.

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.