Creation and Common Grace
When did the Holy Spirit begin His work? Was it only after Pentecost or was He active and present before that important day? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explain his method of approach when coming to difficult doctrines or statements in Scripture, including the topic of the Holy Spirit. Unpacking the biblical evidence, we can say with confidence that the Holy Spirit is manifest before the day of Pentecost. He is manifest in the creation of the world, that is, he operated in creation by sustaining it. The Holy Spirit is also manifest through common grace. Common Grace, Lloyd-Jones tells us, is the general blessings applied to all men according to the pleasure and will of God. We see common grace everywhere! Our culture is filled with common grace and aids in our understanding of how God works to maintain order by government rule and restraining sin, as well as the joy and pleasure experienced through art, music and science. The conscience found in every man is manifest in morality and religion that pervades our cultures. But the morality, politics, religions and beauty are not the main point. All of these things, these marks of common grace, glorify God because it is only through the Spirit that the gifts are distributed to mankind.
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.