A Life in Christ
A Sermon on John 5:25-26
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (ESV)
Regeneration is not defined by morality, rather it is defined by new life in Christ. In John 5:24, Jesus summarizes the gospel by focusing on the new life that comes by believing upon it. Now in John 5:25-26, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unpacks the implications of this new life. He states, as Jesus does in the text, that the Father has life in himself, and He has given this life to Jesus. How does Jesus dispense this new life? New life is realized through the means of regeneration. According to Lloyd-Jones, regeneration is the power of Christ to give new life. Furthermore, he wants there to be no confusion about the results of regeneration. Regeneration does not bring about simply a moral man. On the contrary, regeneration brings new spiritual life to the sinner that radically changes the controlling disposition of his or her soul. Personality, temperament and cognitive abilities remain the same, but through regeneration, the governing disposition of the regenerate sinner is now changed forever. Are you assured that you possess this new life? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones challenges us to consider the new life found in Christ and passionately desires that we possess it. “Have you got this life?” "Do you display a new disposition in your soul?"