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Sermon #1026

Abraham; Man of Faith

A Sermon on John 1:12-13


John 1:12-13 ESV KJV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon from his series on John 1:12–13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses the richness of assurance of salvation. He highlights the beautiful truth that Christians are not only forgiven of sins when we come to believe in Christ, but they are also born again. They are born not of flesh, but of God and adopted in as His children. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also brings in the illustration of faith and assurance in the life and person of Abraham. He encourages us from Abraham’s example found in Genesis 15, Hebrews 11:8–12, and other Scripture references. The listener hears of Abraham’s deep faith in God, his faith in action, and God’s plan. Despite the fact that God’s promises to Abraham were not immediately fulfilled, and the way of fulfillment was unknown, Abraham still “went out not knowing where he was going” because he believed God and His promises. Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges the listener to consider their faith: do they believe God and His promises? Do they not only intellectually believe, but also live out faith in obedience? Do they live in the blessed joy of assurance?

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Abraham believed God and his promises. This was the secret of Abraham's faith.
  2. Abraham believed God's purpose and plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Abraham rejoiced in Christ's coming.
  3. Abraham obeyed God. He left his home and went to the land God showed him. Obedience demonstrates true faith.
  4. Pleasing God and being blessed by God was most important to Abraham. He refused rewards from the King of Sodom because God was his reward.
  5. Knowing God's character is a blessing of assurance. Abraham knew God as the righteous and just God of all the earth.
  6. Complete trust in God is a blessing of assurance. Abraham went out not knowing where he was going but knowing who he was going with.
  7. Abraham trusted God even when God's promises were not immediately fulfilled. He lived as a sojourner in the promised land, waiting for God's timing.
  8. The Christian life means knowing you are a child of God, knowing the Father, and trusting Him no matter what.
  9. God reveals Himself to those who have assurance in Him.
  10. The church needs assurance and joy in the Lord to function powerfully.
  11. Assurance is given by the Holy Spirit testifying with our spirit that we are God's children.
  12. Justification by faith alone gives assurance, not by works. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.
  13. Abraham is the father of all who believe, showing that salvation is by faith alone.
  14. Faith is believing what God has said and revealed, not just hoping in the dark. It is the substance of things hoped for.
  15. God spoke to Abraham through visions, dreams, theophanies (appearances of God/Jesus), and impressions on Abraham's mind.

The Book of John

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.