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Children of God

Book of John

A Sermon on "the Right to Become Children of God" (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 happens to a believer when they become a Christian? Are there benefits that belong especially to them? In this sermon on John 1:12–13 titled “Children of God,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses on one of the most astounding truths in the Bible, namely, a believer’s adoption as a son or daughter of God. Through believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Christians join the family of Christ and now hold the benefits of adoption. These benefits are not universal but are only provided to believers. This immediate internal connection changes believers; it transforms them and provides a relationship and position of honor as Children of God. The greatest implication is that even those outside the fold can become the Child of God and this is the good news of the gospel. May God give us a living awareness that we are indeed His children and may we glory in the profoundness of our adoption.

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.