Separated Unto Holiness
A Sermon on Ezekiel 36:21-33
21But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.
Israel to Be Renewed for His Name’s Sake
22“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “It is not for …
21¶ But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for …
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.