Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Pentecost

Posted: November 24, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Pentecostal/Charismatic Interests, Pneumatology, Theology

The second thing we notice is that in chapter 2 of the prophecy of Joel, which was quoted by Peter in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the emphasis is placed upon the word pour out: ‘It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh’ (Acts 2:17). Now that is surely significant. The emphasis is upon the extent, the giving of the Holy Spirit is going to be more general. Also there is an emphasis upon the fact that it is going to be upon all types and kinds: ‘… your sons and your daughters … your young men … your old men … and on my servants and on my handmaidens, [on all these] I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy’ (Acts 2:17–18). Now in the Old Testament the giving of the Spirit is something unusual, and these people on whom the Spirit came were exceptional persons. But the emphasis here is upon the generality; upon this whole idea of pouring out, the largeness, and the freeness, and the fulness of the gift. Not only that, there is an emphasis upon a further fact, which is that it is no longer going to be confined to the Jews. You will actually find that in the prophecy of Joel, at the end of that chapter. And, of course, you will find it worked out still more fully in the book of Acts. The gift of the Spirit is no longer confined to the Jews but is for all nations. There is this largeness and this freeness — He will pour out His Spirit upon all people. There is an all–inclusiveness which we must note.
Lloyd-Jones, D. M. God The Holy Spirit (electronic ed.).


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