A New Heart
A Sermon on Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (ESV)
What does it take to change man? Many in modern society say man simply needs political change, or to change his environment. But, in this sermon on Ezekiel 36:26, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Scripture gives us a very different answer. For in Scripture, man’s greatest need is not that he should become wealthy or emotionally fulfilled. Man’s greatest need is to be made right with God. For all men are naturally born with a sin-hardened and corrupted heart. We desire sin continually and reject God and his ways. This cannot be remedied by shallow and external change, but it requires true change. What is this change? According to the prophet Ezekiel, it is a change brought about by God granting a new heart to sinners. This is when God miraculously changes men from sinners to children of God. This wholly new orientation frees men from the bondage of sin and immorality, and gives them new desires for what is righteous, beautiful, and good. This is the free gift of salvation for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Here Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks the question, do you have this new heart? Or are you still trapped in sin and darkness?
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.