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 …

Blotted Out

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
Isaiah 43:25
This verse contains a gracious assurance that our sins would be blotted out, and the reason why it would be done.
Perhaps also God designs it as such to show us the evil of the sins being referred to in the previous verses, by the assurance that they were committed against Him who alone could forgive, and who had promised them pardon. The passage also reminds us, that it was God alone who could pardon the sins of which, as a nation, we are all of us guilty.
The metaphor of “blotting out” is taken from the custom of keeping accounts, where, when a debt is paid, the charge is blotted or cancelled. Thus God says He blotted out the sins of the sinner. He cancelled them. He forgave them. Of course, when forgiven, punishment could not be exacted, and He would treat them as pardoned; that is, as His friends.
The regularity of forgiveness continues after being baptized and being washed of the old person. Rather than sacrificial rituals we need only seek after God’s heart in genuine prayer. Even when we ourselves do not feel as tho we deserve His mercy, we must ask for it in order to move on. Else we are overly burdened with guilt.
This is not because we deserve it, or have any claim, or that it would not be right to punish us. Not even primarily to promote our happiness and salvation, but for His own sake; to show the benevolence of His character. To promote His glory by our forgiveness and salvation (Ezekiel 36:22,23)
Our sins shall be forgiven. Hezekiah in Isaiah 38:17 expresses the same idea by saying “Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back” We can learn from this verse that it is God the only one who can pardon sin. It is vain for man to attempt it! Its arrogant and wicked for man to claim such a prerogative! And yet it is an essential part of the papal system that the Pope and his false priests have the power of remitting the penalty of transgression.
This is done by God solely for his own sake. It is not because we have any claim to it, for then it would not be pardon, but justice. It is not because we have any power to compel God to forgive, for who can contend with Him, and how could mere power procure pardon? It is not because we have any merit, for then also it would be justice, and we have no merit. Nor is it primarily in order that we may be happy, for our happiness is a matter not worthy to be named, compared with the honor of God. But it is solely for His own sake,to promote His glory, to show His perfections, to reveal the greatness of His mercy and compassion and to show His boundless, eternal love.
Those who are pardoned should live for God’s glory, and not for themselves. For they were forgiven, and it should be the sole purpose of their lives to live as to show the goodness, compassion, and love of the merciful God who has blotted out their sins.
If people are pardoned, they must come to God, and to God alone. They must come, not to justify themselves, but to confess their crimes. And they must come with a willingness that God should pardon them on such terms as He pleases; at the time when He pleases; and solely with a view to promote of God’s glory.
Unless we have this feeling of conviction and genuine remorse for our own transgressions, we can never be forgiven, nor should we be forgiven. Never assume you are an exception …