Authentic Marks of God's Child
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)
What is the most wonderful thing about our salvation? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones emphatically responds: “That we are the children of God!” Too often we focus on the things that we avoid when we are saved; avoiding God’s righteous judgment, or being saved from eternity in hell. While those things are true and weighty, the Doctor would have us also remember the things that we gain: we gain the privilege to become the children of God, and we gain entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. There are several questions that, depending on our answers, prove that we are indeed God’s children: Are we concerned about the name of God? Do we grieve at sin and blasphemy? Do we enjoy creation in a way that reflects our understanding that the world is God’s? Do we look forward to Christ’s return? Lloyd-Jones examines these questions and more with scrutiny and with the aid of the Scriptures.