The 45th day – A New Heart and a New Spirit
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
— Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)
One of Ezekiel’s most important prophecies of hope is this — God will put a ‘new heart’ and ‘new spirit’ in his people in the future time, there is one day when the Lord will restore what had been broken and reunite his people back to the father’s house. There will be a spiritual renewal in which God will sprinkle clean water on his people, and he will give them a new heart and a new spirit. The Gift of the indwelling (Holy) Spirit was fulfilled as Christ establishes the new covenant through his death on the Cross.
25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
— Ezekiel 36:25-26
At the time of Ezekiel, God promised to restore Israel not only in physically, but also spiritually. It is the same today, It is still God’s greatest desire to purify and restore our heart both physically and spiritually. No matter how impure your life is right now, God offers you a FRESH START. You can have your sins washed away, receive a new heart for God, and have his spirit within you – if you accept God’s promise.
Why try to patch up your old life when you can have a new one?
“Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?” — Mark 8:17-18
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. ”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24