The Way of Sanctification
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 possible for you to hold the right doctrine, the right views, and be unsure about your relationship to it.” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones acknowledges, identifies, and addresses the Christian’s all too common problem in John 1:12-13, known as a lack of assurance. The good Doctor digs deep into the heart and life experiences of the troubled Christian and addresses the question of “how do I know that I am born of God” by applying several spiritual tests to the Christian. These tests prove to shed light on the darkened soul of the unbeliever and give clarity to the discouraged Christian. “Assurance is essential not only for our own happiness but also for our usefulness.” The good Doctor demonstrates that assurance is properly tied to our relationship to the Holy Spirit; namely that, “As many as are led by the Holy Spirit of God, they are the Children of God.” And how does one know that he is led by the Spirit of God, but that he mortifies sin and delights in the things of God! Dr. Lloyd-Jones admonishes us that the sanctification of the Christian and the mortification of his sin is one comfort and proof of assurance to the downcast believer.