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A New Life, A New Heart

 

And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within them.  And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh  (Ezekiel 11: 19)

Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!  For why will you die, O house of Israel?  (Ezekiel 18: 31)

 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and all your idols.  Moreover I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove your 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 you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  (Ezekiel 36: 25- 27)

“And I will put My Spirit within you. And you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land.  Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.  (Ezekiel 37: 14)

What is the significance of the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus?

Many great and notable events came about on that day: among them:

 

What two great works are encompassed in the receiving of the Spirit?

The recipients receive life, regeneration, and they receive a new heart and a new spirit, renewal.   Of course much more could be written about the work of the Spirit but the focus of this article is eternal life and a new heart and spirit.

 

Who gives eternal life?

God, who has life in Himself, has given that Son should have life in Himself. God gives life through the Son and the Son imparts that life through the Spirit, which He has given to each one.  (Ezekiel 37: 14; John 4: 14; 5: 25; 6: 26, 33, 53; 10: 28; 17: 2; Romans 2: 7; 6: 23; 8:2; 2 Corinthians 3; 6; Galatians 6: 8; 1 John 5: 10, 11)

 

Wherein is eternal life?

And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in the Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  (1 John 5: 10, 11)

 

How do we enter Christ?

We enter Christ by faith, which is perfected in repentance and baptism in water; by faith we are baptized into Christ then we receive the Spirit of promise.

 

In what way do we receive a new heart?

I will put My laws into their mind, and I will write them upon their hearts.  And I will be their God, and they shall be My people, and they shall not teach everyone his brother, saying, “Know the Lord.” for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more,  (Hebrews 8: 10- 12)

With the new heart and mind, we serve because we want to, not because God imposes His law upon us.  We serve out of love as we begin to comprehend the great love that the Father and Son have poured out on us.  The love of God begets love on our part.  Truly, we love because he first loves us.  (1 John 4: 19)  The Holy Spirit pours out the love of God in our hearts.  (Romans 5: 5)

Who also made us adequate as servants of the new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  (2 Corinthians 3: 6)

 

What is new about the spirit He gives us?

It is a spirit of life.  We are a new creation, we are alive in Christ, and we are children of God, children of the king.  (John 6: 63; Romans 8: 2, 10; 2 Corinthians 3: 6; 5: 17 Galatians 3: 26, 27; 6: 8, 15)

It is a spirit of love.  Don’t let a day go by when we do not tell our Lord that we love Him and then obey His commandments, which is the definition of love for God.  Each day tell your wife or husband, your kids, your grand kids, your friends, that you love them.  Then do something for them, this is perfected love.  (2 Timothy 1: 7)

It is a spirit of joy in Christ; rejoice in the Lord always, not the spirit of depression and melancholy, which we often associate with holiness.  (Galatians 5: 22)

It is a spirit humbleness and meekness.  It is about having the heart and mind of a servant. (Matthew 5: 3; Galatians 6: 1; 1 Peter 3: 4)

It is a spirit of power.  (2 Timothy 1: 7)

It is a spirit of discipline and self-control, not wantonness and indulgence, not excess. 

(2 Timothy 1: 7; Galatians 5: 22)

It is the spirit of truth, wisdom and enlightenment.  (1 John 4: 6; Ephesians 1: 17)

It is the spirit of peace and gentleness, reconciled to God, peace with all men as much as lies in us, certainly with our brothers and sisters.  (Galatians 5: 22; Colossians 3: 15

It is the spirit of faith, assurance and conviction.  Perfected faith is an obedient faith.  (Hebrews 11; 6; 2 Corinthians 4: 13)

It is the spirit of mercy and forgiveness, if we have found mercy show that to others.  (Matthew 5: 7)

It is the spirit of repentance; no longer are we to be slaves to our passions and vices.       (2 Corinthians 7: 10)

It is the spirit of freedom.  (John 8: 32, 36)

It is a spirit of righteousness, having been clothed with the righteousness of Christ we are inclined to yield to His will and be more righteous in our own life.  (Romans 6: 19; 14: 17; 1 Corinthians 1: 30; Galatians 5: 5)

It is the spirit of holiness; be holy because our God is holy.  (1 Peter 1: 15, 16)

It is a spirit of thankfulness; in everything we express our thankfulness.            (Colossians 3: 15)

It is the Spirit of patience; we endure and are longsuffering because we have found that God has been patient and kind to us.  (Galatians 5: 22)

It is the spirit of kindness and goodness.  (Galatians 5: 22)

It is the spirit of mourning.  (Matthew 5: 4)

It is the spirit that counts trial as a blessing because God teaches us to endure.         (James 1: 2)

It is a spirit in which the great losses we all experience in life are bearable, because God is able to make all things work together for the good of those that love Him.         (Romans 8: 28)

It is a spirit that can rejoice in persecution; our nation is no longer a Christian nation; it is considered to be enlightened to mock our God and Lord.  Persecution awaits those who take the name of Christ.  (Matthew 5: 11, 12)

It is the spirit that rejoices in his commandments.  (1 John 5: 3)

It is the spirit of contentedness, regardless of our state, whether in poverty or in riches.  (1 Timothy 6: 6: Hebrews 13: 5)

It is a spirit that glorifies and honors God in both our life and in our death.

 

 

How is this accomplished?

Those that believe and obey are given the Holy Spirit who pours out the love of God in our hearts.  The fruit of the Spirit within us is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  (Romans 5: 5; Galatians 5: 22, 23)

The Holy Spirit is working within us to give us a new spirit and a new heart.  This is the renewal by the Holy Spirit, the transformation into the image of Christ.  (Titus 3: 5, 6) We no longer have the perspective of the world.  God is working in us both to will and to do beyond that which we ask and think and we are invited to cooperate in that endeavor.  Our mind-set, our worldview is broadened and changed.  (Philippians 2: 12, 13; Ephesians 3: 20)

We are instructed to work out (not work for) our salvation with fear and trembling,  (Philippians 2: 12).  How do we cooperate with God in this endeavor?

            (Romans 10; 17)

 

Dear reader, our Lord invites us all to share in the life, which is in Christ,Himself.  The life is eternal; and the new spirit, which comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit, is the spirit of Christ., the attitude of Christ and the deportment of Christ

 

God bless.

Arland Pafford,

 

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Last Update   09/26/12