Book of John
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What happens when the joy of salvation begins to fade? How does the joy of salvation deliver us from the darkness of life? The apostle John confronts this critical threat. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows us how this modern day problem exposes lethargy in the believer's heart, the failure to rely on the Holy Spirit, and the depths of darkness from which we are saved. It's not until we understand the depths of our sin that the church can fathom the greatness of the Word becoming flesh. The world is in a current state of darkness that has pervaded every aspect of human history since the Fall. Lloyd-Jones notes that this darkness is twofold in that it is not only a state of ignorance that mankind is in, but that the darkness is also within man's heart, as manifested by his love of sin and hatred of Christian doctrine. However, God has sent believers the Holy Spirit, who through enlightening the believer's eyes to the truth about God and the glory of His salvation, enables them to be lights themselves in the persistent darkness.
When the Word became flesh, Jesus Christ became incarnate man! This reality has both temporary and permanent ramifications. Lloyd-Jones proclaims the incredible reality that Jesus lived among His creation for a time, as the Apostle John says, He lived with humanity. Our life on earth, says the Dr., is a temporary season that will give way to permanent home in Heaven. This really is a lasting comfort and fills us with vigor for the truth. The permanent result, Lloyd-Jones explains, is that Jesus took on human nature and can readily identify with all the experiences and challenges of daily life short of sin. This made Him that much more able to empathize with the infirmities and temptations of human nature, and solidified his role as our Great High Priest. This, Lloyd-Jones concludes, also ought to be of great comfort to the believer.
Is there anyway to predict the future? Can we tell what life will hold? Absolutely not! We live in a world of endless uncertainty that we cannot know in advance. Lloyd Jones opens the gospel of John and shows us the firm foundation that gives those who are saved total security, peace, and even joy in the worst of trouble. We are living in God’s world and under his sovereign control. The meaning behind events is hidden from us, but it is known and designed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lloyd Jones shows how God permits evil to exist in the world as a means of teaching, instructing, and showing the need for salvation. No matter how dire the circumstances, the providence of God is at work to care for His world, and show compassion for His children. The plan of God to save sinners will not be undone.
Does the world care about Christ? It never will if the joy and peace of Christ isn't seen and alive in the church today. This lack of obvious joy, claims Lloyd Jones, flows from a failure to reflect on the Gospel. Listen as this sermon unfolds the three central components to the Christian faith: knowing, believing, and receiving. These truths illustrate that this is God’s world, that though there is darkness in the world, God sent His son to save us from that darkness. When we receive Jesus and believe in the power of His sacrifice for our sin, we are saved. Any christian lacking in joy will rekindle their passion by considering these things, and dwelling on the fact we are completely forgiven in Christ. Our feelings are dictated by our thoughts and our knowledge; therefore, an accurate understanding and belief on these truths will lend oneself to experience and demonstrate great and genuine joy.
We are children of God! One of the most astounding truths in the Bible is our adoption as sons and daughters of God. Through believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we join the family of Christ. This is more than a mere intellectual knowledge of Jesus. Rather, it is a “faith of reliance,” a total submission to who Jesus said he is, dependance on His saving power, and of His faithfulness to fulfill our needs. Without the cross there is no payment for sin, and no other way of salvation exists! It is through repentance from sin and faith alone in Christ that any person may be saved. Ancestry, good efforts, human will and academic learning will not save.
The Christian view of the world; the Christian awareness of God's purpose; the Christian and the Church; a child; and the commandments of God; a Christian is born of God.
How one can know that one is a child of God; reaction to sin; led by the Spirit of God; periods of desertion; delight in the doctrines.
The constraint of the Spirit; the guidance of the Spirit; the Holy Spirit reveals the Bible; He leads in prayer; the Spirit in our infirmities.
The Spirit and His teaching in all areas of our lives; the Quaker approach to sex; the error of Quakerism; love misunderstood; eros and agape love; Scripture given by God.
Are you walking by the flesh or by the Spirit? How do you know that you are born of God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the Christian’s lack of assurance in John 1:12-13 by discussing the leading of the Holy Spirit in the daily life of the Christian; he connects the Christian’s conscience and convictions to the inner work and leading of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, he addresses the grave error of Antinomianism and religious traditionalism for the Christian. Should the Christian abstain from certain foods or practices for the season of Lent? The good Doctor addresses this as well as confronting a religiosity that embraces the “leading of the Spirit” apart from the Word of God. The Spirit is instrumental in the illumination of the Word and the renewing of the Christian’s mind. Lloyd-Jones provides this as a test for the Christian who lacks assurance: Does your conscience allow you to return to sin again and again or does it rebuke you and draw you further and further into a holy life and practical love for God? The Doctor addresses these and other issues surrounding what it means to be led by the Spirit of God and know that you are born of God.