The Leading of the Spirit
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)
Are you walking by the flesh or by the Spirit? How do you know that you are born of God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the Christian’s lack of assurance in John 1:12-13 by discussing the leading of the Holy Spirit in the daily life of the Christian; he connects the Christian’s conscience and convictions to the inner work and leading of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, he addresses the grave error of Antinomianism and religious traditionalism for the Christian. Should the Christian abstain from certain foods or practices for the season of Lent? The good Doctor addresses this as well as confronting a religiosity that embraces the “leading of the Spirit” apart from the Word of God. The Spirit is instrumental in the illumination of the Word and the renewing of the Christian’s mind. Lloyd-Jones provides this as a test for the Christian who lacks assurance: Does your conscience allow you to return to sin again and again or does it rebuke you and draw you further and further into a holy life and practical love for God? The Doctor addresses these and other issues surrounding what it means to be led by the Spirit of God and know that you are born of God.