A More Excellent Sacrifice
A Sermon on John 1:12-13; Hebrews 11:4
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. (ESV)
Do you know that you are a child of God? How can you be certain? The Christian is meant to know that he is the child of God. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones elaborates that there are two types of assurance: the test of faith and the test of the Christian walk. In this sermon on John 1:12-13 and Hebrews 11, Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines both tests in regard to the example of Cain and Abel. He describes how Cain and Abel relied on two separate sources for authority; Cain relied on his own merit and reasoning, Abel relied on faith. This is still true of mankind today. There are two sources of authority in the world. Do you rely on your own deeds, rationale, or penitence to appease the wrath of the almighty God? Or do you, by faith, rely on the sacrifice of Christ to appease God and present you as righteous? Do you, by faith, submit yourself to the holy Scriptures? Are you perceived by the world to rely on Scripture; do they accuse you of taking religion too seriously? These are very likely signs that you rely on Christ as your Savior and Lord! Listen, Christian, and be reassured of the love and help of God.
About 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.