Ezekiel 11:19-20

“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.”

Ezekiel 11:19-20

Comparing Revelation 21, the identity of thought and language in Ezekiel, predicting the new kingdom of Israel, and in John, foretelling the kingdom of heaven forces upon us the conclusion that the prophecy of Ezekiel has an ultimate reference to that climax which John plainly indicates.

So long as the Israelites were distracted by the service of many gods, such unity was impossible; but now, when they shall have taken away the abominations from the land, they shall be united in heart to serve the true God.

As we see in our country, but blindly ignore the division on so many matters of both political and godly issues. The hearts of men are unnaturally hardened by terrible events and tragedies only the powers of evil could concieve …

The pious captives in Babylon were insulted by the Jews who continued in Jerusalem; but God made gracious promises to them. It is promised, that God will give them one heart; a heart firmly fixed for God, and not wavering. All who are made holy have a new spirit, a new temper and dispositions. They act from new principles, walk by new rules, and aim at new ends. A new name, or a new face, will not serve without a new spirit.

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. The carnal heart, like a stone, cannot be made to feel. Men live among the dead and dying, and are neither concerned nor humbled. He will make their hearts tender and fit to receive impressions: this is God’s work, it is His gift by promise and a wonderful, happy change is wrought by it, from death to life. Tho, not before the coming darkness filled with harsh trials and bloodshed …

Their practices shall be agreeable to those principles. These two must and will go together. When the sinner feels his need of these blessings he will present the promises as prayers in the name of Christ and they will be performed.

 

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Healing Thru Faith

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. ”

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. ”

“So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19

Jesus went from Galilee, and probably traveled through the chief villages and towns as Samaria was situated between Galilee and Jerusalem, perhaps towards the river Jordan.

These men were in His path, as He was entering the village. They were not allowed to enter the village while they were afflicted with the leprosy,

Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2-3.

 

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At a distance, as they were required by law. They were unclean, and it was not lawful for them to come near to those who were in health.

As Jesus was traveling, they were also walking in the contrary way, and seeing Him, and knowing that they were unclean, they stopped or turned aside, so that they might not expose others to the contagious disease.

Jesus directs them to dhow themselves to the priests.

Leviticus 13:2; Leviticus 14:2 …

Our Lord intended that their cure should be received by faith. They depended on His goodness and power; and though they had no promise, yet they went at His command to do that which was required by the law to do to confirm they were already healed.

In this spirit of implicit faith; they were cleansed. God highly honors this kind of faith, and makes it the instrument in His hand when working many miracles.

One was a Samaritan. One who professed a very corrupt religion; and from whom much less was to be expected than from the other nine, who were probably all Jews.

This rendered Jesus’ conduct more remarkable and striking in the sight of the Jews. They considered the Samaritans as especially wicked, and themselves as especially holy.

This example showed them, like the story of the good Samaritan, that in this they were mistaken.

Often God receives more praise and affectionate obedience from those who had long lived without his knowledge and fear, than from those who were bred up among his people, and who profess to be called by His name.

People who have lived under the standard rules of faith can become stagnant, arrogant and lazy in their quest to strive towards God’s Kingdom

The simple reasoning is “Those who have much forgiven will love much”

Luke 7:47.

Spiritual Shape Part 1,2

Part 2 will appear in the bottom corner near the end. Against popular demand, Youtube no longer has an editing option …

 

Salvation Is More Than Just Baptism

You cannot revolve an entire system of beliefs around just one verse in the Bible? Acts 2:38 is the most widely used Scripture to promote the overall apostolic faith. They claim that they follow the whole word of God when in fact they ignore and deny much of it.

What’s worse is that we do not even have the full bible as it was before many books were removed. But that’s another issue …

There is so much more to consider after being baptized. Like dropping satanic holidays and pagan traditions. Like helping people instead of turning them away and leaving them in government hands. Like being less materialistic in church and at home (also holidays and pagan traditions) and being more concerned with preparations and survival plans.

Like realizing politics and government control your entire lives with lies and deception. Using military and police to dominate and destroy. Creating mass shooting incidents with trained hitmen and putting a false shooter (actor) in the news. Like admitting this is not and never was a free country. That our “privileges” and resources are stolen with the blood of innocents falling at the hands of our armies and always has been.

Our entire country is built and maintained on corporate lies, slavery and mass murder. Just being baptized isn’t enough. You have to wake up to the lies before you can even begin to preach any truth!

Hebrews 2

“But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Hebrews 11:16

We are often called to leave worldly connections, interests, and comforts. If heirs of Abraham’s faith, we shall obey and go forth, though not knowing what may befall us; and we shall be found in the way of duty, looking for the performance of God’s promises.

The trial of Abraham’s faith was, that he simply and fully obeyed the call of God. Sarah received the promise as the promise of God; being convinced of that, she truly judged that he both could and would perform it.

Many, who have a part in the promises, do not soon receive the things promised. Faith can lay hold of blessings at a great distance; can make them present; can love them and rejoice in them, though strangers; as saints, whose home is heaven; as pilgrims, traveling toward their home.

By faith, they overcome the terrors of death, and bid a cheerful farewell to this world, and to all the comforts and crosses of it. And those once truly called out from a sinful state, have no mind for return to it.

All true believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger faith is, the more fervent those desires will be. Notwithstanding their meanness by nature, their vileness by sin, and the poverty of their outward condition, God is not ashamed to be called the God of all true believers; such is His mercy, such is His love for them.

We should never be ashamed of being called His people, nor of any of those who are truly so, however much we are despised in the world. Above all, we need take care that we are not a shame and reproach to our God.

The greatest trial and act of faith upon record is, Abraham’s offering up Isaac in Genesis 22:2. There, every word shows a trial. It is our duty to reason down our doubts and fears, by looking, as Abraham did, to the Almighty power of God. The best way to enjoy our comforts is, to give them up to God; He will then give them as shall be the best for us. Look at how far our faith has caused obedience in us, when we have been called to lesser acts of self-denial, or to make smaller sacrifices to our duty.

Seems today we have given up what we were called for, fully believing that the Lord would make up all our losses, and even bless us by the most afflicting dispensations …

Hebrews

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10:19-23

The apostle, having now finished the doctrinal part of his epistle and fully shown the superiority of Christ to all men and angels and the superiority of His priesthood to that of Aaron and his successors, the absolute ineffectiveness of the Jewish sacrifices to make atonement for sin, and the absolute effectiveness of that of Christ to make reconciliation of man to God, now proceeds to show what influence these doctrines should have on the hearts and lives of those who believe in Him.

Boldness to enter, liberty, full access to the entrance of the holy place. This is a reference to the case of the high priest going into the holy of holies. He went with fear and trembling because if he had neglected the smallest item prescribed by the law then he could expect nothing but death.

Genuine believers can come even to the throne of God with confidence as they carry into the Divine presence the infinitely meritorious blood of the great atonement; and, being justified through that blood, they have a right to all the blessings of the eternal kingdom.

 

Today’s modern concerns have become infested with more greedy desires and ambitions …

Hebrews 13:5-6 states “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.

A major issue in today’s society are people enslaved by the constant concern for paying bills … until they die. Then it all becomes for naught. Possessions are passed on, finances are redistributed into the same repetitive system.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with moderate things here. Those who cannot be so would not be content even though God raised their condition.

Adam was in paradise yet not content; some angels in heaven were not content; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content.

Christians have reason to be content with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promise.

God said “I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.”
In the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 13 there are precisely five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and in eternity. Men can do nothing against God and God can make all things that men do against His people, turn to their good.