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Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 12:9-11

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (ESV)

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Becoming a Christian means we become part of a family. The Christian family is not a natural family, but a supernatural one. When we are born again, we see that the same is true for other Christians. The apostle Paul in Romans 12:9-11 teaches Christians that they are to love brothers and sisters in the faith as though they were brothers and sisters in blood. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones warns in this message, this brotherly love is not phony love. It is not based upon positive circumstances. This love is not the same as merely “liking” each member of the body of Christ. It is innate or instinctive love as we have for blood family. There is a strong chance, warns Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we will not have instinctive affections for other Christians. What do we do? We cannot base our love on feelings since they are fickle. He exhorts us to begin with doctrine. The Christian works out their doctrine of regeneration and the teaching of Scripture regarding the household of God. Christians have a bond of faith which surpasses even the natural bonds of blood. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks the pressing question of believers: what do you feel about your fellow Christians? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones stirs us to consider brotherly love and showing honor to the body of Christ.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 12:9-11, New American Standard Bible

9Love must be free of hypocrisy. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor, 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Romans 12:9-11, King James Version

9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

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.