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The Way of Sanctification

Book of John

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)

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“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 all too common problem found in John 1:12–13 ­– lack of assurance. Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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 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,” he reminds the listener. He demonstrates that assurance is properly tied to a relationship to the Holy Spirit; namely that, “As many as are led by the Holy Spirit of God, they are the children of God.” Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds his hearers that the sanctification of the Christian and the mortification of sin is proof of assurance to the downcast believer.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 1:12-13, New American Standard Bible

12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.

John 1:12-13, King James Version

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.