Written that Ye Might Believe
John 20:30-31 — When Christ saves a person, will all of their troubles end? In this sermon on John 20:30–31 titled “Written that Ye May Believe,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers this question through the eyes and experience of first-century believers. Who was the book of John written to? Many believe that John’s Gospel was written for evangelistic purposes and while it is, the purpose to believe in Jesus was also directed to Christians. The Christian life, while filled with eternal purpose and joy, does not end one’s troubles on earth; in fact it will increase them. To face these new difficulties, Christians must believe in the truth about Jesus with firm purpose and unwavering resolve. The first-century believers endured ongoing persecution, suffered great personal loss, and faced mounting attacks of false doctrine. These believers, and all believers of all times, needed their resolve fastened to sound biblical doctrine of the person and work of Jesus. Therefore, while acknowledging the clear purpose of John’s Gospel, Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls Christians to believe in the vital doctrines concerning Jesus and to live in accordance with them. If they do, while their troubles may increase, they find resolve and strength to live for the glory of God.