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Authentic Marks of God's Child

Book of John

A Sermon on John 1:12-13

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)

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What is the most wonderful thing about salvation? In this sermon on John 1:12-13 titled “Authentic Marks of God’s Child,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones emphatically responds, “That we are the children of God!” Too often the focus is on the things that are avoided when the Christian is saved, whether it is avoiding God’s righteous judgment, or being saved from eternity in hell. While those things are true and weighty, Dr. Lloyd-Jones would have Christians remember what is gained: the right to become the children of God, and entrance into the kingdom of Heaven. There are several questions that, depending on the answers, prove that if one is indeed God’s child: “Am I concerned about the name of God?” “Do I grieve at sin and blasphemy?” “Do I enjoy creation in a way that reflects my understanding that the world is God’s?” “Do I look forward to Christ’s return?” Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines these questions and more with scrutiny and with the aid of the Scriptures.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 1:12-13, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.

John 1:12-13, King James Version (KJV)

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but 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.