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Sermon #5310

Christ; the Only Hope

A Sermon on Ezekiel 13:1-16


Ezekiel 13:1-16 ESV KJV
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own …

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Sermon Description

In this sermon on Ezekiel 13:1–16 titled “Christ, the Only Hope,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses a question that is central to all of life: “who is man?”. Many today say that people are 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 them. This is why people must be taught how to do the right thing, and once they knows what is right, they will do it. This is how the world’s problems will be solved, they contend. While this may be a popular teaching, it is directly contradicted by Scripture. The Bible teaches that all are fallen and slaves to sin. They are unable to choose the good or overcome their sin by themselves. The world tells humanity only what it wants to hear, but God’s word is different. It is seen in Scripture that all are sinful and under the wrath of God yet it is God who works to provide salvation for all. He sends His only Son to die upon the cross for the sins of humanity. 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.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by establishing the context of Ezekiel 13. Ezekiel was a prophet sent to speak to the Israelites during their captivity in Babylon.
  2. Two types of prophets emerge during times of trouble for Israel: true prophets and false prophets. Ezekiel was a true prophet, sent by God. The false prophets prophesy out of their own hearts.
  3. The first question to ask when confronted with any message is "what is the authority behind it?" The false prophets have no authority, they have "seen nothing." They do not receive revelation from God.
  4. The false message is superficial. It tells people what they want to hear, does not see any difficulties, and provides superficial solutions. It is like "whitewash on a flimsy wall."
  5. The false message is not only superficial, but false and futile. It does not actually solve problems or provide help. This is proven through the history of Israel and the present day.
  6. The false prophets are charged with allowing "gaps" and "breaches" to develop by promoting a false message. Their teachings do not provide protection or help in times of trial.
  7. The fate of the false prophets and those who follow them is to face the wrath and judgment of God. They will be excluded from the blessings of God's kingdom.
  8. The only hope is to "hear the word of the Lord" - the true message of the Bible. It reveals the truth about our sinful state and need for salvation through faith in Christ.
  9. Civilization and human efforts cannot cure the desperate condition of man. Only the gospel message of new life in Christ can remedy man's sinful state.

Old Testament

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.