The Called of Jesus Christ
A Sermon on Romans 1:6-7
including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)
Why does God love us? Many believe he loves those who do good. This belief stems from the idea that one must first change, and then God will love him. Is his loved based on our ability to change? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that God’s love is not contingent on us changing, but just the opposite. Our change is based on God’s love. Christians are not those who are earning love from God, but rather Christians are described as those who already are loved by God. Listen as the Dr. explains that God loves us in the same way he loves the Son. This love is based purely on his grace. And it’s a love which has the power to change. Because of his love, we are called the beloved; we are called saints. Our motivation to change is no longer based upon our hope that God might accept us. Our motivation to change now comes from the call: “Be who you are.” If we are indeed the beloved of God, let us display that. If we are indeed saints, let us show that we are saints. We are who we are by grace. Distinct from the world, that we may glorify God.