Book of John
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What do we do if we are confronted with miraculous spiritual events? In Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposition of John 1:26-33, he begins the discussion of how to process and test the spirits. First, he notes that, throughout history, Revival (which he deems as many people being Baptized in the Holy Spirit) may or may not be accompanied by miraculous gifts, and is actually more often than not, lacking these miraculous occurrences. However, in light of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes several errors. First, some people say that the Baptism always has to be accompanied by the miraculous gifts, but it is arrogant to say the Holy Spirit has to work that way. Next, there are those who deny the miraculous gifts and quench the Spirit. Last, there are those who accept all things without testing anything, which Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues can be dangerous. We must accept and test. In light of this, he states that we must not rely solely on feelings or the credibility of people. Feelings can lead to error, so you must be careful to discern between feelings and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Also, people that you trust can lead you astray.
Testing the spirits; practical advice; the importance of reason and understanding; the danger of pitting the Spirit against Scripture; testing the spirits; general principles from Scripture.
Testing prophecy; the leading of the Spirit; guidance and fanaticism; the problem of self; the physical aspect; the power of suggestion; speaking in tongues examined.
The Spirit always points to the Son : the test of tests; 'Jesus is Lord'; the excluding tests; this test examined in detail; the message of 1 Corinthians 12; 13 and 14; the overriding principle.
The place of spiritual gifts; the importance of balance in all doctrine; problems in the Corinthian church; the evangelistic test; seeking the gifts; the right and the wrong way; erroneous teaching concerning the receiving of the baptism in the Spirit.
The gift of tongues; a need to avoid extremes; tongues; and the baptism in the Spirit; the pentecostal view; the language s of Acts 2; differentiating the genuine from the counterfeit; tongues and miracles; the similarities.
Baptism in the Spirit and the teaching on sinless perfection; baptism in the Spirit; the power to witness; the New testament presentation of the doctrine of sanctification; baptism in the Spirit a stimulus to sanctification; the evidence of sanctification should always follow baptism in the Spirit.
The relationship between the baptism in; and sealing with; the Spirit; what is the sealing of the Spirit? the term 'sealed' defined; the highest form of assurance.
The baptism in the Spirit; textual problems examined; 'asking' and 'knocking'; the importance of persistence; the importance of understanding the nature of the promise; have all been baptised with the Spirit? the action of the Holy Spirit.
The first step; realising the need; seek Christ; and not gifts; obedience is the demonstration of love; grieving the Spirit; the importance of prayer; pleading the promises.