We Love the Brethren
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)
Every person on the planet has a family, but not everyone has a family that is unified; the Christian has a family, moreover the Christian’s family is built on unity and love. In this sermon on John 1:12-13, Dr. Lloyd-Jones applies one more test of assurance for the Christian by expounding on the brotherhood of believers. Every Christian has experienced regeneration, adoption, sanctification and many other experiences. Although Christians may have separate circumstances, every believer is unified by their experience, interests, and hope! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sheds light on the fact that every believer possesses a discernment that the unbeliever cannot have. Moreover, the believer has an affinity for his brothers and sisters in the faith. Even as the believer gains a love for his fellow believer he necessarily senses a distance between himself and his unbelieving friends and even family. This is, Dr. Lloyd-Jones warns, what is meant by Jesus when he says, “I have not come to bring peace but the sword.” The Christian should expect to be met with resistance and even persecution from unbelieving friends, family, and even local governments. Until we are safely home in heaven, the brotherhood of believers provides encouragement, exhortation, and renewed hope as we await our heavenly home.
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.