Walk in 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)
Practice. You need it to be good at sports, work, and family. Likewise, if you want to succeed against the flesh and pursue righteousness, you must put into practice walking in the Spirit. In John 1:12-13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that the Christian must not sit passively by and “let go and let God." But instead, we have a distinct responsibility to work out our faith. He entreats Christians to break free from the flesh. Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns that a Christian can be lulled into leading a barren life, bearing no fruit for the kingdom of God. Therefore, the Christian must train himself to walk according to the Spirit. Children of God must not merely sit passively, but instead actively pursue a life marked by the Spirit. God has forgiven, justified, and adopted the Christian, and yet he is often tempted to make little use of his newfound state of being. Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Spirit and the flesh are not merely opposed, but that they war against each other. Dr. Lloyd-Jones offers hope to the Christian who has not gained success in fighting the flesh; walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.