The Supernatural Realm
A Sermon on Acts 8:14-17
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (ESV)
When man rejects God, he often rejects anything that cannot be personally experienced. This is the materialism of secular humanist that rules out all supernatural and spiritual realities. This is the mindset of those who have no place for salvation, spirits, and ultimately for God. In this sermon on Acts:8-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposes the false belief system of those who rationalize their sin based on evolution and blind causation. They reject the superstitions of religion in favor of science and rationalism. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones states, science and evolution offer no explanation of the deepest and most important questions in life. For God’s Word says that the world does not know God and that it is blind in sin. The so called "wisdom of the world" is foolishness when compared to the Word of God. It is only in God’s Word that we see the truth about ourselves and the world. It tells us that we are fallen and sinful by nature, and that we are wholly opposed to all the things of God. But most importantly, God tells us of what he has done in his Son, Christ Jesus. For Jesus died a sinner’s death so that all who believe in his name will be saved. This is the salvation of the world, not evolution, not science, and not humanism, but the Son of God who gave himself for us.
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.