Has God's Life Come Into You?
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)
There is one fact that must be true of the converted Christian; namely, that he believes in the name of Jesus Christ for salvation. However, there are many circumstances that surround the conversion of Christians. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones uses John 1:12-13 to explain that while some Christians grow up in a home where the Gospel is often taught, others are saved out of an unbelieving family or friend group. He elaborates that each of these Christians faces unique temptations to question the legitimacy of their salvation and must, therefore, apply specific tests to their own life to gain surety of their salvation. Do you remain unaffected by your knowledge of God, or are you changed and gripped by it? Is your faith something that you use when convenient, or does God’s Word master and direct your life? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones uses these tests and others to help the Christian assess and test their standing in faith and produce a defensible assurance of faith. Dr. Lloyd-Jones elaborates that the unbeliever is consumed with what he does, whereas the true believer is primarily concerned with what he is. The unbeliever works toward creating his identity. The believer works from his newfound Christian identity toward Christian behavior.