A New Heart and Spirit
September 19, 2011 § 1 Comment
Ezekiel 18:25-32 summarizes the nature of our relationship with God. The ways of the Lord is just, because he judges “each one according to his ways” (18:25-30). The problem is not God’s judgment, but our unjust ways (18:25, 29). Therefore, we are the ones in need of repentance so that we can turn from our wicked ways (18:27, 30). Our salvation comes through a repentance that will provide us with a new heart and spirit (25:31). The Lord takes no pleasure in the death that is the just reward for our unjust ways, but wants us to “repent and live!” (25:32). However, if these words of the prophet Ezekiel is not read in the context of the rest of the Bible (especially the New Testament), then no salvation is possible. Then this can only be a message of gloom and doom with no new heart and spirit available, because humankind showed its inability to sufficiently repent from its wicked ways. That is why the new heart and spirit turn out to be Gods, not ours. God is not only just, He is also compassionate. He decided to provide us with the love of His heart and with the transformation of his Spirit so that repentance and salvation is possible through his Son, Jesus Christ. Embrace God’s heart and Spirit today for the sake of the new life He provides in the midst of your hopelessness and death.