Abraham; Man of Faith
A Sermon on John 1:12-13; Hebrews 11:8-12
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 Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. (ESV)
Do you have assurance? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses from John 1:12-13 the richness of assurance of our salvation. He highlights the beautiful truth that we are not only forgiven of our sins when we come to believe in Christ, but we are also born again. We are born not of flesh, but of God. We are adopted in as His children. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also brings in the illustration that is given for us of faith and assurance in the life and person of Abraham. Beginning in Genesis 15, Hebrews 11:8-12, and other references, he encourages us from Abraham’s example. We come to see Abraham’s deep faith in God and God’s plan. Despite the fact that God’s promises to Abraham were not immediately fulfilled, and the way of fulfillment was unknown, Abraham still “went out not knowing where he was going” because he believed God and His promises. Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges us from this text to think about our faith. Do we believe God and His promises? Do you not only intellectually believe, but also live out your faith in obedience? Do you live in the blessed joy of assurance?