by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Available in a larger doctrinal treatisecalled Great Doctrines of the Bible (paperback & hardcover) by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
As we now proceed to consider in detail what exactly it is the Holy Spirit does to us in the application of redemption, I would remind you that I am not insisting that the order which I shall follow is of necessity the right one, and certainly not of necessity the chronological one.
‘So how do you arrive at your order?’ asks someone. My answer is that I mainly try to conceive of this work going on within us from the standpoint of God in eternity looking down upon men and women in sin. That is the way that appeals to me most of all; it is the way that I find most helpful. That is not to detract in any way from experience or the experiential standpoint. Some would emphasise that and would have their order according to experience, but I happen to be one of those people who is not content merely with experience. I want to know something about that experience; I want to know what I am experiencing and I want to know why I am experiencing it and how it has come about. It is the child who is content merely with enjoying the experience. If we are to grow in grace and to go forward and exercise our senses, as the author of the epistle to the Hebrews puts it ( Heb. 5:14 ), then we must of necessity ask certain questions and be anxious to know how the things that have happened to us really have come to take place.
Table of Contents
Gospel Call Universal, Effectual Call Particular
The Necessity of Effectual Calling
Not Mere Moral Persuasion But a Supernatual Operation of the Spirit
What Makes the Call Effectual?
A Great and Vital Doctrine
How is it Different from Conversion?
A Change of Disposition
The Change is Instantaneous
A Creative Act of God
The New Birth
A New Nature
Abiding in Christ
Why is Regeneration Essential?
How is Regeneration Brought About?
What is the Relationship of Regeneration to the Word that is Preached?
What About the Old Testament Saints?
Can Infants Be Regenerated?
Can Regeneration be Lost?