Saturday, 11 August 2007

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Greatest Need of the Hour

"The greatest need of the hour as I see it, is a mighty outpouring of the Spirit of God to authenticate, to prove the truth of this one and only message. Let us go on preaching the truth, but let us at the same time pray unto God to open the windows of heaven and to baptise us anew and afresh with the power of the Holy Ghost".

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - "Not in Word Only" cited in Tony Sargent - "The Sacred Anointing" - Hodders, London (1994) - (p291).


ornery's wife said...

To say that we need anything more is to deny the words written in II Peter 1:3; "His divine power has (already) given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

If that is not good enough to win the world, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, then there *IS* nothing more. Jesus ALREADY did all the work. What we need is to BELIEVE that, and to accept our responsibility to live in His love and exhibit the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives, EVERYDAY and with EVERYONE we come in contact with.

It is a huge responsibility, and one we are apt to set aside due to circumstances or perceptions of personal inadequacy. But, if the church would embrace the message of the new covenant with no preconceptions, with no limits placed on God, the world would not be able to contain the glory of God that would be unleashed.

Dan Bowen said...

Thanks for the comment. I wouldn't dream of denying the words in 2 Peter 1:3 and neither would Dr Lloyd-Jones I am sure. However Doctor Lloyd-Jones argued convincingly I think that one must take the Word of God in it's entire context. While 2 Peter does indeed speak of us having received everything "we need" - there are other Scriptures that make it clear that there are steps and stages in the Christian life.

The Word of God says that we have been seated in heavenly places in Christ. However we are not yet bodily sitting there. There are frequent references to "already but not yet". We are "coming into" the fullness of our inheritance. 1 Corinthians also makes it quite clear that there are mature and immature believers. Not every believer is the same. Of course Jesus has already done the work and it is ours legally by right. But existentially some of us have yet to realise the potential that is available for us.