Summary: This sermon is about ensuring that you go deeper in your relationship with Christ
Dare to Go Deeper Ezekiel 47:1-12
The Book Ezekiel is a replete with visions and at the centre of the vision in this passage is that resource we can’t do without: water. Water is the secret of a full spiritual experience (See John 7:37-39) and is often the symbol of the word of God and of the Holy Spirit. The Word and the Spirit of God go hand in glove: the word activates the spirit, the word only works where the Sprit of God is active (Gen 1:2-3).
In Ezekiel 47, God was telling Prophet Ezekiel about wading into the deep spiritual waters of the Spirit-filled life. Can I ask you a question today? Are you afraid to wade into the deep because you think that God may require of you more than you are willing to give? Do you reason that if you don’t commit to the work fully then you won’t be found guilty of failing? Ezekiel saw the vision of a river that springs forth from God’s throne and that flowing river represents the power of the Holy Spirit. There are a few truths I want to share with you today, beginning with:
1. True Living Begins with the Beginning (Ezekiel 47:1)
The Bible says in John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In other words, Jesus was the word and remains the Word, he is also the author and perfecter of our faith, and in Him we have a true beginning. That exactly is where the profession of our faith should start. Ezekiel saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple, in other words, at the entrance or door of the temple. Jesus, the Bible tells us in John 10:7, is the Door, so the story begins at the door.
Without going through the Door, you cannot get to the Father. Christ is the beginning and the Door is inseparable from the cross. The altar in Ezekiel 47 speaks of sacrifice and sacrifice in the New Testament is signified by events at the cross of Calvary, where Jesus died for the propitiation of our sins. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Co 1:18).
2. The Further You Go, the Closer You Get (Ezekiel 47: 5)
When you have a deep relationship with God, He will show you things that are so deep, and sometimes scary, in terms of visions, prophesy and the like. I remember a couple of years ago I went to visit someone at the hospital with a pastor friend of mine and he told me as we were in the hospital room that there were no fewer than four demons in that particular room. He could see because he had the spiritual ‘eyes’ to see.
The Bible says this river grew large enough to swim in, yet there was no other river adding to it. No tributary streams pouring into it. How? It grew by its own self-supply from the sacred miraculous source in the temple (Hab 2:14). This tells me that God is the all sufficient one, you can’t help or support Him or add to His work. Once you tap into the River of Life, you will enjoy its sufficiency! Our sufficiency, the Bible says, is of God; who has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life (2 Corinth 3: 5-6).