The Holy Spirit in Salvation
A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor those habitually drunk, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of …
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And …
Who is Jesus? Many say that Jesus was merely a good teacher. He was a teacher; the greatest teacher who has ever lived, but He is more. Christ did not merely come to teach, for teaching cannot conquer sin. Law cannot change a person. Jesus came to change lives. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 titled “The Holy Spirit in Salvation,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that Christians once were something else, but they have been transformed. The Christian is a new being, no longer under the power and sway of the devil. The wicked one cannot touch them. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this is not achieved through Jesus’s gift of teaching, but it is achieved through Jesus’s gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit emancipates the new believer by giving them knowledge of and a taste for Christ. The believer has new affections and desires. Jesus, therefore, is seen in human weakness, failure, hopelessness, and despair. All must go to Him, just as they are, and find new life. Humanity needs more than His teaching; people need Him. Indeed, Jesus is more than a teacher. He is more than a law-giver. Jesus is the Savior who will never leave nor forsake His people.
- The gospel is not a collection of moral maxims or teachings. It is the power of God unto salvation.
- The gospel is about what God has done in Christ through the Spirit. It is a message of deliverance and emancipation.
- The gospel confronts us with the truth about ourselves - that we are moral paralytics unable to please God in our own strength. We need power, not just knowledge.
- The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin and shows us the love of God in Christ.
- The Holy Spirit regenerates us, giving us new life and a new nature. We become new creations in Christ.
- The Holy Spirit sensitizes our conscience, making us aware of sin and righteousness.
- The Holy Spirit operates on our will, changing our desires and giving us the desire to please God.
- The Holy Spirit leads and guides us, putting thoughts and ideas into our minds and showing us what to do.
- The Holy Spirit enables us to understand the Scriptures and apply them to our lives. The Bible comes alive to us.
- The Holy Spirit gives us strength to resist temptation and overcome sin. We can resist the devil in the power of the Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit makes Christ real to us and mediates His presence. We know that Christ is with us.
- The Holy Spirit introduces us to the joys of the Christian life and gives us a foretaste of heaven. This expels our desire for sin.
- The Holy Spirit gives us an eternal perspective, enabling us to live lightly in this world as we journey to our heavenly home.
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.