The Doctrine of Sin
A Sermon on John 17:17
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (ESV)
What separates us from God? What keeps us from knowing Him on our own? The answer is found in understanding the sin that is within us. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues to expound the truth from John 17:17, explaining that believers are sanctified in the truth, and sanctified from the ugliness of sin that keeps us in a wrong relationship to God. Sin is what separates us from God. It is not intellect. It is not a cognitive problem. Our disobedience to God places us in a wrong relationship to Him. Sin is centered on self. Sin causes the pagan to be focused on himself and not God. The sinner is not God-centered. How does he or she know this? The law is that which exposes one’s sin and the holiness of God. Therefore, the sinner must be converted from sin. He must receive a new nature and become a new man, a new creature in Christ. But, conversion is only the beginning. Through ongoing sanctification, the believer is not cleansed from sin and made like God. Have you glossed over sin? Have you crowded it out? Or have you dealt with sin through repentance and belief and continue to deal with it in your sanctification?