The Unproductive Age
A Sermon on Ezekiel 36:34-35
And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ (ESV)
Discover the benefits that come when we forfeit sins for the glory of God. Exceeding riches of God’s grace are found to be endless in Christ! In this sermon on Ezekiel 36:34-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the sin that ruins man and defaces the image of God. Listen to the hope of the Gospel in undoing these effects of sin. Sin wastes life; it is not just "negative", it is devastating—nothing in man is left unaffected. Both in general and in particular, sin makes utterly useless that which was designed to be productive. This is an unproductive and barren age. History shows great productivity in ages of great faith. What is the condition of souls today? Look at sex, work, drinking, gambling, and beauty and see how happiness and pleasure become ends in themselves. Taken out of context and isolated from the glory of God, these become idols. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reveals the real and abhorrent nature of such sin. Sin always produces a crop of misery, shame, regret, and suffering. Nothing in sin enables the soul or increases man’s faculties. The Holy Spirit must break, smash, and convict. What peace and sustenance do you have in time of need? What fruit do you produce? Acknowledge and confess your sin before God!
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.