Assurance and Sanctification
A Sermon on John 1:16
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
How can we be sure of our salvation? How can we be certain that we belong to Christ? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd- Jones expounds on the nature and relationship of assurance and sanctification. He shows that assurance does not require a perfect life, nor does assurance give license to live in sin. But assurance as found in God’s word begins with a recognition of new life in Christ. This recognition keeps Christians from either seeing assurance as a result of perfect sanctification or seeing assurance as license for no sanctification. But biblical assurance is a product of a heart that has been transformed by Christ, and this life is then lived out in the power of the Holy Spirit. Christians can have knowledge of their assurance by living a Spirit empowered life of love and faith. The Devil often uses false assurance to deceive and destroy people, but by seeking to live a life of Christian faith and obedience lived in the power of God, Christians can have a true knowledge of their relationship with God. And this knowledge should encourage Christians to seek to live a life of love towards God and neighbor. It should compel them to hate sin and love righteousness. And this knowledge should lead Christians to a deeper love of Christ and His gospel.