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Sermon #1084

Baptism in the Spirit (3)

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John 1:26-33 ESV NASB KJV
John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (ESV)


Consider regeneration, assurance, baptism, and revival in this troubled age and listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones engages them these as he addresses the second general principle of the baptism of the Spirit from John 1:26-33. In this sermon titled “Baptism in the Spirit (3),” he asks if this baptism is something that happens to the believer. Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls for a revival of the church that first starts with seeing one’s own need for personal revival, so that they may know the blessings of salvation and be effective witnesses in an age of trouble and confusion. “Anyone who is satisfied with the church as it is today seems to be blind to the New Testament,” says Dr. Lloyd-Jones as he focuses in on the experimental nature of this baptism through various examples from the New Testament. There is not immediacy for all who believe, but definiteness for those who “receive” the Spirit and this is a given element, never the result of human work. The listener is encouraged to trace the mysterious act of regeneration in the depths of one’s soul alongside the obvious outworking of the Spirit and consider how revivals and the authority of the Spirit are obvious to those on the outside. Listen closely as the glory of Christ is boldly proclaimed ­– a benefit added to those in Christ, for the sake of His name.


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.