“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.”
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.