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Sermon #5308

The Experience of Ezekiel

A Sermon on Ezekiel 1:28


Ezekiel 1:28 ESV KJV
Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I …

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Sermon Description

Christians can feel that their testimony or walk with God has not been as dramatic as that of other people or the prophets of the Old Testament. Perhaps they feel they know a lot about God, but unsure if they have ever experienced Him on a personal level. In this sermon on Ezekiel 1:28 titled “The Experience of Ezekiel,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones uses the example of Ezekiel to show the importance of experience in the Christian life. Without having experienced God, there is no hope that one has ever been saved from their sins. But that begs the question: what does this experience look like? Listeners will be challenged to examine their own lives and see if they have been humbled by experiencing the holiness of God that drives a person to their knees. These experiences look different for everyone, but the outcome always looks the same and that is a life marked by walking with God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The prophet Ezekiel had a vision of God's glory and was commissioned as a prophet. This experience, though unique, was similar to other prophets like Moses, Daniel, and John.
  2. The purpose of such visions and experiences was for people to have a living experience of the living God. This is the ultimate end and object of religion and the Christian faith.
  3. There are many dangers that can distract us from this living experience of God like traditionalism, intellectualism, believism, moralism, and social concern. The real enemies are within us, not outside.
  4. The living experience of God has several characteristics:
  5. A sense of God and awareness of His glory, majesty, holiness, and righteousness.
  6. God dealing personally in one's life. Christianity is about a personal relationship with God.
  7. A humbling experience that leads to a sense of unworthiness, sinfulness, smallness, and nothingness in light of God's glory.
  8. A realization that everything good in one's life is a gift from God by His grace. Christians can do nothing apart from God.
  9. Listening to and being mastered by God through His Word.
  10. The ultimate purpose of Christ's death and resurrection was to reconcile us to God and bring us into a living experience of Him. Eternal life is knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ.
  11. We must examine ourselves to see if we have this living experience of God. Do we know God? Do we hunger and thirst for Him? He is the source, origin, and end of the Christian life.

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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.