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Sermon #1127

The Christian and the World

A Sermon on John 3:8


John 3:8 ESV KJV
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon on John 3:8 titled “The Christian and the World”, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the main differences between a religious man and a child of God. Just as Jesus had something inside of him that Nicodemus realized he didn’t have, the Christian has something that moral people do not, namely, the Holy Spirit. When a man has the Holy Spirit living in him he begins to be humbled and instead of seeing himself as great and powerful, he sees himself as sinful and powerless. The religious man however, is not able to see this and has much pride. Additionally, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that the Christian can see through the world and can see the sin and ungodly attributes in the world; however, the religious man does not see through this and has a desire to be a part of the world. The Christian also finds that he has lost his taste for worldly things, and although he will still be tempted at times, the worldly things are outside of him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also explains the difference between a religious “worldling” and a back-sliding Christian, and recognizes that the worldling has better actions than a black sliding Christian however the worldling is just following the law and his heart is not changed. The back-sliding Christian however is always miserable because he feels as if he has broken relationship with God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones concludes by emphasizing that the moral man is always self-satisfied, however the born again man knows that “they are what they are by the grace of God”.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Being born again is the most important thing in the Christian life. It is what separates being religious from truly being a Christian.
  2. Nicodemus illustrates the difference between being religious and being born again. He was a good, moral, religious man but did not understand spiritual things.
  3. When one is born again, it is the biggest thing in their life and influences them greatly. They are humbled, repentant, and have new life.
  4. Those born again desire for others to have the same experience.
  5. Those born again begin to see through the world. They recognize the world is dominated by the devil and includes both good and bad things. The world will pass away.
  6. Those born again lose their taste for the world. They do not have to force themselves to avoid worldly things. Their tastes have changed.
  7. Growth in grace leads to hatred of the world and self. Not a physical hatred but a hatred of all that opposes God.
  8. Those born again recognize they have been delivered from the world. They are in the world but not of it.
  9. The difference between a backsliding Christian and a religious worldling is a difference of spirit. The Christian will be miserable in their sin because they sinned against love, not just law.
  10. Those born again hate themselves and their life in the world. They recognize their own sinful nature and reliance upon God's grace.
  11. Those born again dare not trust in themselves but rely wholly on Christ. All confidence in self is gone.
  12. Self is hated, and there is a desire for Christ to increase as self decreases.

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.