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Sermon #5313

Separated Unto Holiness

A Sermon on Ezekiel 36:21-33

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Ezekiel 36:21-33 ESV NASB KJV
But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 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. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. (ESV)


In this sermon on Ezekiel 36:21–33 titled “Separated Unto Holiness,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks the questions: Whose idea was salvation? What is the primary reason for the gospel? Is a person’s happiness God’s goal? The gospel is the unchanging word of God to humanity. People must know they are in trouble but do they know the cause of their pain? No one can 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 people to reap the consequences of their own folly, but there is eternal hope offered through one phrase—“but God.” Salvation is altogether in spite of the sinner who deserves nothing but punishment. The listener is encouraged to be awakened to their own poverty and enslavement, and fall speechless before God. It is God who started, thought, planned, and acted out this gospel. Christ died to vindicate His name and make His people holy, not primarily to make them happy, as salvation separates a holy people for God.


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.