Sealing: Problems and Difficulties
A Sermon on Ephesians 1:13Read more
Effective witnessing makes God’s people radiant with joy. There is no experience like it on this side of heaven! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a passionate plea for Christians to seek the sealing of the Spirit. The Christian life is not mechanical and emotionless because the love of God, and our love for God in return, is not mechanical or emotionless. The fear of emotions should not discourage Christians to seek this experience of the Holy Spirit. Lloyd-Jones works through objections to this doctrine and answers them by bringing other passages of the Bible to bear on the topic, while also looking at subsequent church history for other Christian men and women who have experienced this work of the Holy Spirit. Finally, Lloyd-Jones cautions his listeners on the best way to seek the sealing of the Spirit. We must be hesitant to seek the experience for its own sake. Instead we seek the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian cannot be fooled into thinking the Spirit is not sovereign in this matter. Instead we must recognize the Lordship of the Spirit. With these cautions, Lloyd-Jones calls the people of God to seek this remarkable assurance that God graciously gives His people.
Additional Scripture Translations
Ephesians 1:13, New American Standard Bible
13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
Ephesians 1:13, King James Version
13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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.