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The ultimate purpose of Christianity; the dangers of believism and intellectualism; the element of experience is essential; test yourself; the tests; awareness of a new life.
Have you ever wondered why it is beneficial to study the Old Testament? Reading through the Old Testament can seem challenging and confusing at times, but as Dr. Lloyd-Jones illustrates in this sermon on Ezekiel 3:1-3, it is very applicable to the life of a believer today. This passage addresses the essence of the Christian experience, which is the knowledge of God. Preaching from the book of Ezekiel, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us better understand what differentiates proper and false experiences of God from each other. First, false experiences are external to people— it is something that is added on to their life, not an integral part of who they are. Second, false experiences of God vary depending on the season of life that a person is in. In difficult times, people are much quicker to turn to the Lord because they realize how much they need Him— however, when situations are going well, they make the mistake of thinking they can walk without Him. Third, this false Christianity is only a vague influence on someone’s life. Real Christianity, however, is the polar opposite. It is practiced regularly because it is at the core of who a believer in Christ is. Christianity, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is a heart religion that influences all the actions of a believer’s life. Listen as he helps the listener discern between true and false Christianity and the importance of following wholeheartedly with one’s life.
Who is man? This question is central to all of life, and as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows in this sermon on Ezekiel 13:1-16. Many today say that man is fundamentally good ,or at least morally neutral, with the ability to become either a good or a bad person. But either way it is up to men. This is why men must be taught how to do the right thing, and once he knows what is right he will do it. This is how the world’s problems will be solved. While this may be a popular teaching, it is directly contradicted by Scripture. The Bible teaches that men are fallen and slaves to sin. They are unable to choose the good or overcome their sin by themselves. But the world tells us only what we want to hear, but God’s Word is different. In Scripture we see that all men are sinful and under the wrath of God. Yet it is God who works to provide salvation for men. He sends His only Son to die upon the cross for the sins of men. Who then is man? According to Scripture he has been created by God, yet he has sinned. But God has made a way of salvation in Jesus Christ.
The importance of understanding principle before detail; the Jews failed to see their own significance; the Bible the record of the activity of God; the uniqueness of God's plan of salvation; Christ; the way of salvation; the reversal of all that man has conceived.
With all the many voices in the world today, it is hard to determine which ones we should listen to. Between friends and family, media, and experts on various topics, we receive an overflow of input. In this sermon on Ezekiel 36:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us of the importance of listening to Scripture above all other voices trying to reach us. Many of our inputs try and tell us that nothing is desperately wrong with the world and that we should just go on and enjoy life. But that is not what Scripture says, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges us to see this difference. He states that nothing is more important than our approach to this book. But what is unique about it compared with the other platforms trying to influence us? First, it is a revelation from God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful. This in and of itself is a reason to listen very closely to what the Bible teaches. Second, the Bible starts with the foundation that man as he is cannot attain the truth about what really matters eternally — we are wholly dependent on God for this. Many will say that they do not like these truths, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones is quick to state that this attitude does not change the truth. Through Jesus, God has made a way for people to be reconciled to Him. He loves you, and Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges you to consider your need for Him today and be saved from your sins!
Whose idea was salvation? What is the primary reason for the Gospel? Is God's goal our happiness? Find out the answers to these questions and many more through Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' sermon on Ezekiel 36:21-33. The Gospel is the unchanging word of God to man. We must know we are in trouble. Do you know the cause of your pain? We cannot accept God's salvation without understanding His doctrine of sin. God hates sin, He punishes sin, and He will ultimately punish all sin. God allows man to reap the consequences of his own folly, but there is eternal hope offered through one phrase–"but God". Salvation is altogether in-spite of us, we deserve nothing but punishment. Nothing do we bring, but simply to His cross we cling; if you think you're a rather "good fellow" on your own, you will never think very wonderfully of Him. God is not your assistant. Be awakened to your own poverty and enslavement, and fall speechless before God. It's God who started, thought, planned, and acted out this Gospel. Christ died to vindicate His name and make us holy, not primarily to make us happy–salvation separates a holy people for God. Are you separated?
The Bible's message is whole, and it is always the same. The Gospel must start with the doctrine of sin; the first announcement is the fact that God hates, judges, and punishes sin–something we cannot be understand or wish away. Because God is God, He must pour forth His fury on sin. How can a God of love pour forth fury? From sin to salvation, we cannot take one without the other. Christ died to cleanse us, but we must first know from what. We cannot understand the facts of history without embracing the wrath of God against sin. "Do we have any faint conception of the holiness of God?" Listen in as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses our ignorance of God and the depth of our sin in the face of His holiness. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a Living God." Learn that the worst punishment is to be thrown out of God's presence and blessing. To be left to yourself is to be without hope–this is Hell. But, there is hope in Christ! The warning has been given and the punishment is absolutely just. Where do you stand before the holiness of God today?
Is humanity responsible for all the evil in the world? The Bible says that man was made in the image of God and he was made upright, but he sinned and become corrupt when he put his own wisdom above that of God. Ever since then, all the children of Adam and Eve have been born in sin and corruption. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains in this sermon from Ezekiel 36:16, this sinful nature lies at the heart of all false worship and rebellion of men. What is the cure for man’s sinful and depraved nature? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that it is none other than the death of God’s own Son upon the cross of Calvary. Man’s depravity is so thorough that it must be removed by Jesus Christ dying for sinners so that they would be clean. No moral improvement, no amount of education, and no good deeds can ever atone for our sin. Only Jesus can cleanse us of all sin and makes us holy before God. All men must repent and believe upon the crucified Son of God in order to be freed from death and the power of Satan, and transferred into the kingdom of God. All self-righteousness and self-justification must be abandoned at the foot of the cross where Jesus bled and died so that sinners might have eternal life.
What is the Gospel and how does it reveal God's glory? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he teaches from Ezekiel 36:24 how our blindness to the truth about sin is what enables us to continue in it. God's punishment of sin is very clear. The Gospel comes in where all hope seems lost. God set out to restore His own name that man profaned. This is not merely an act of morality and kindness, nor is it the choice of man, it is entirely the work of God. Learn of the immense distance between the depth of our sin and the height of God's glory. God deserves the praise of ten thousand tongues! Nothing less than the power of God can such amazing work; all of humanity could not conjure up enough power to make one single person a Christian. We must stand in the power of God, rather than the wisdom of man. Have God's hands been working on you? The first thing the world needs to be delivered from is their ignorance of God. Sin puts us in the wrong relationship with God, but salvation restores us to what ought to be. Man was made for paradise. Where do you stand?
Are you good enough for salvation? In this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, listeners learn that all humans are born into slavery to sin. The first reality that sinners must come to in order for them to be saved by God is their sinfulness. Sinners stand dirty before God instead of clean before God. Preaching from Ezekiel 36:25, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches the good news of the Gospel, that all who come to Jesus Christ and repent shall indeed be cleansed by His holy blood. Since God is light and there is no darkness at all in Him, sinners must be first cleansed before entering Heaven. The wonderful news, Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us, is that Christ washes us clean as soon as we turn to Him and repent. The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world specifically to atone for sins. He did not only teach or provide an example, though He did do these things. He came to be the propitiation for the sins of the world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts that the only way that a sinner can enter Heaven is through the eternal blood of Christ, which is sufficient to atone for all our sins. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches about the cleansing of Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.