Mortification of Sin
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)
“It is not so much what we are saved from, but what we are saved for.” With these words, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to mortify the flesh and acknowledge that we are not, indeed, under the dominion of the flesh. He goes on to describe how we, who fight against our own flesh, are no longer under its rule or reign; rather we are united to Christ who has already died to sin and is alive in righteousness! In John 1:12-13, Dr. Lloyd-Jones unpacks the intricacies behind our unity with Christ and how that unity is our freedom from sin. Moreover, Dr. Lloyd Jones gives hope for the Christian who question their salvation. Does your wrongdoings haunt your conscience and encourage your faithful acts? Does sin feel cheaper and cheaper until righteousness is the only worthwhile endeavor? Do you find yourself alienated from your former life of sin and a citizen of a life of pursuing righteousness? These things illustrate your heavenly citizenship and assurance of salvation. These very truths are essential to the joy-filled Christian life. Dr. Lloyd-Jones gives these proofs, along with several exhortations, to live in a manner worthy of the one and only God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.