Seeking Baptism in the Spirit (1)
A Sermon on John 1:26-33
26John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27It is He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of His sandal.” 28These things took place in Bethany beyond the …
26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where …
What does it mean to thirst after righteousness? Does one achieve righteousness on their own or does God help them? In this sermon titled “Seeking Baptism in the Spirit (1),” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from John 1:26–33 to tell of the free gift of God: His Spirit. When the Christian repents of their sins and trusts in Christ, they instantly qualify to share in the inheritance of the saints. Christ has accomplished this good for His people. What then must the Christian do once they are saved? Dr. Lloyd-Jones helpfully explains that they should seek to please God. If the Christian loves God, they will seek to please Him by obeying Him. The Christian’s righteousness is not achieved by them, but by the Spirit’s work. They are not to grieve the Spirit by persisting in something if they feel conviction regarding it. Additionally, God’s children are not to quench the Spirit by not following the general direction God is giving their lives. God is willing to bestow Himself upon anyone who asks, and this is truly the greatest gift in the universe. Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that the Christian must let God know the desires of their heart. If the desires are right and God is sought in them, He will graciously give all things.
The Book of John
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.