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A Temple Meet for Himself

Book of John

A Sermon on John 2:13-17

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (ESV)

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We are told in the Word of God that as Christians, our souls are the temple of the Lord. Through our faith in Him, Jesus comes to dwell within us and bring us eternal life. However, just as we would clean a house for a guest, the temple of our soul must also be cleansed for Jesus to enter and dwell in us. Listen to this sermon from John 2:13-17 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses what it looks like for our souls, the temple of the Lord, to be cleansed. He begins by stating the importance of us examining our motives and desires to see if they are righteous. He also states that it is essential for us to recognize the Lordship of God and the fact that He knows the desires of our heart. We must come to know God is this way through a relationship with Him. Once we recognize these things, it leads to two activities: God’s activity and our activity. God’s activity is to convict us and to cleanse our souls. Our activity is to also strive to cleanse ourselves by living in ways which honor and glorify God. It is through these activities that the temple of our souls is cleansed and prepared for the dwelling of the Lord.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 2:13-17, New American Standard Bible

First Passover—Cleansing the Temple

13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14And within the temple grounds He found those who were selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15And He made a whip of cords, and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away from here; stop making My Father’s house a place of business!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written: “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”

John 2:13-17, King James Version

13¶ And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

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.