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Book Title: Joy Unspeakable: Power & Renewal in the Holy Spirit|
The author of the book: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
ISBN 13: 9780877884415
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Edition: Shaw Books
Date of issue: March 7th 2000
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This 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 doesn't 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 can't 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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Read information about the authorDavid Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. For almost 30 years, he was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London. Lloyd-Jones was strongly opposed to Liberal Christianity, which had become a part of many Christian denominations; he regarded it as aberrant. He disagreed with the broad church approach and encouraged evangelical Christians (particularly Anglicans) to leave their existing denominations. He believed that true Christian fellowship was possible only amongst those who shared common convictions regarding the nature of the faith.
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