Spirit Baptism and Fullness
A Sermon on Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (ESV)
Since we do not actively “take” the Spirit, but passively receive the sovereign Spirit, what are we to do? As Dr. Marytn Lloyd-Jones pursues this question, he sets the context of Romans 8:15. He notes that Spirit baptism is an extra – a plus. It is an additional assurance we experience as children of God. In other words, it is not something every believer who has the Spirit of adoption experiences. Nevertheless, it is something we should all desire. In Romans 8:15, the Apostle Paul is elaborating on Spirit baptism, or being filled with the Spirit. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages all Christians to genuinely seek the fullness of the Spirit, but not by trying to “seize” the Spirit. Furthermore, we cannot pretend we can take it by someone laying hands on us. How do we get it then? Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches that it is through obedience and prayer. In the end, however, we rest knowing the Holy Spirit is sovereign. If indeed, the Spirit does grant us this assurance, we will surely know it. Let us not, however, pretend to have it, warns Dr. Lloyd-Jones, unless we actually do. Listen as he teaches on the joys, and potential pitfalls, of Spirit baptism.
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.