To See Him Who Is Invisible
A Sermon on John 1:12-13; Hebrews 11:23-29
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)
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. (ESV)
How does living in the assurance of God’s love for us change our lives? If we look at the life of Moses, we see a man who is confident that he belongs not to this world, but to the people of God. In this sermon on John 1:12-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how man turns his back on his old life as prince with all its power and glory to be counted amongst the people of God. He is willing to suffer as an Israelite because he knows who he is. It is no different in the life of New Testament believers. Those who are confident in their place in Christ are willing to suffer for Him, even to the point of death. But those who doubt that they are God’s children will have a hard time suffering for Him and His Gospel. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the matter of assurance is a profoundly practical question that impacts how we live in the world and how we live for the Gospel. The glorious truth of the Gospel is that all can know that they are saved! All who believe in Jesus can know that that are resting in God, and that God is wholly for them.
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.