Renewal of the Mind
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)
Christ died not only to forgive us of sin but also made us to be Children of God! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues discussing the tests of faith for the Christian in John 1:12-13 and gives the positive test that the Christian not only puts off sin but puts on righteousness; specifically, Dr. Lloyd-Jones hones in on the renewing of the mind that every Christian experiences. The Christian is to be mortifying sin but the work in us is not complete there; we are also to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Doctor illustrates and explains how the Christian’s mind is set on earthly things while the unbeliever’s mind is set on the desires of the flesh. The Doctor not only admonishes Christians to be renewed in their minds but also encourages all who are being renewed in their minds that they are born of God because they are being renewed and led by the Spirit to put to death the misdeeds of the body. Furthermore, Lloyd-Jones reminds and encourages the Christian the world is still living with minds conformed to the pattern of this world, but the Christian’s mind is set free to be set on the glories of Christ.