Joy Unspeakable: Power & Renewal in the Holy Spirit by D. Martyn Lloyd-JonesThis book is a must read for anyone wanting to seriously study the doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. If you want a well-rounded view of the subject, and want to learn from all sides of the debate, you cannot pass by Joy Unspeakable. Lloyd-Jones is in a unique position to write on this topic since he is one of the most celebrated Reformed preachers of all time. Lloyd-Jones sees himself defending the old evangelical view of the Holy Spirit against the modern view of his day, which equates the baptism in the Spirit with regeneration. Whether Lloyd-Jones is correct about this or not is for you to decide.
Lloyd-Jones cannot be categorized with the Pentecostals, nor with the non-Pentecostals. He argues, in favor of Pentecostalism, that the baptism in the Spirit is a subsequent and distinct experience from conversion. It is experiential and comes with evidences. However, he argues, not in favor of mainline Pentecostalism, that the evidences of the baptism in the Spirit have nothing to do with the gifts of the Spirit such as speaking in tongues. Nor does he agree with the Holiness camps that the baptism in the Spirit has to do with sanctification. He strongly denies this. Lloyd-Jones contends that the chief end of the baptism in the Spirit is to bring Christians assurance, which is the indispensable power to be witnesses of Christ. Therefore the evidences of the baptism in the Spirit will be a man empowered with assurance.
Lloyd-Jones argues that the baptism in the Spirit is not something one can work up or make happen, but that it is rather a sovereign work of God, to happen in His timing and in His way. He emphasizes this greatly. It is not something man initiates, but something God initiates. It is not us doing things to fill ourselves with the Spirit (as in Eph. 5:18, which Lloyd-Jones calls the normal way), but it is something different. The Spirit falls on people, and it is exceptional, an experience they do not make happen.
Throughout the book Lloyd-Jones repeatedly uses examples from history, seeking to prove his points not only from Scripture but from the lives of saints who have claimed a distinct experience with the Spirit. It struck me sometimes that what Lloyd-Jones is describing as the baptism in the Spirit is nothing more than when a Christian catches a glimpse of the glory of the truth of the gospel. It is that experience that many of us have that only seems to last for a brief moment, when you are overwhelmed with emotion due to a more vivid sight of the truth.
Finally, Lloyd-Jones is greatly concerned with the need for revival in the Church. He inseparably connects ones doctrine of the baptism in the Spirit with ones doctrine of revival. If you believe the baptism in the Spirit is indistinct from conversion, you will therefore not believe in revival. To Lloyd-Jones, the Pentecostal experience is essentially revival, and vice versa. Revival is when God pours His Spirit upon the Church, giving them fresh power to proclaim the gospel.
This book is full of strengths and weaknesses. It is greatly challenging. It hardly deals with spiritual gifts. It constantly asks you to examine your own Christian experience. It doesnt fully satisfy your questions exegetically. However, the best part about Lloyd-Jones is that he actually attempts to prove his position from the Scriptures. He does not just say, as many do, I cant explain it, you just have to experience it for yourself. Thankfully, Lloyd-Jones is better than that.
Want to wrestle with the doctrine of the baptism in the Spirit? You must at least read this book.
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Moving Beyond Confusion with the “Baptism in the Holy Spirit” (#7)
The teaching which tells us that every man at his regeneration is baptized of necessity with the Holy Ghost is a contradiction of the plain teaching of the Scripture. Here is the first principle. I am asserting that you can be a believer, that you can have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, and still not be baptized with the Holy Spirit. And I am suggesting that this is something which is therefore obviously distinct from and separate from becoming a Christian, being regenerate, having the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Those people who say that [baptism with the Holy Spirit] happens to everybody at regeneration seem to me not only to be denying the New Testament but to be definitely quenching the Spirit.
By Chaplain Mike. On this week leading up to Pentecost, we are listening to some prominent evangelical voices about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We are doing this in order to understand the variety of views within evangelicalism, and ways the church has dealt with these differences. We also want to give our IM readers the chance to discuss their experiences with these teachings. One of the greatest preachers and teachers of the 20th century was Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones After training to be a medical doctor, Lloyd-Jones felt called into the ministry, and during his long career he became a prominent voice in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement.
The result is a classic call to submit afresh to the Spirit for power, purity and assurance, while keeping our heads in the face of pitfalls that might distract or ensnare us. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.
That same year he became president of InterVarsity Europe. Lloyd-Jones was famed for his exposition of the Scriptures as he preached different messages on Friday nights, Sunday mornings, and Sunday evenings for upwards of an hour each, often taking many months to work through even short chapters of the Bible. Lloyd-Jones retired from preaching at Westminster in following a major operation. Lloyd-Jones is widely admired by Christians from a number of networks, denominations, and traditions. Packer, all of whom have spoken of their great appreciation for the work of Lloyd-Jones and his influence on their ministry. Many charismatic Calvinists love Lloyd-Jones because he taught that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a distinct work of the Holy Spirit separate from regeneration.