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The Doctrine of Sin

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Book of John

A Sermon on John 17:17

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (ESV)

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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? 

Additional Scripture Translations

John 17:17, New American Standard Bible

17Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

John 17:17, King James Version

17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

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.