6. The Updated Version
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“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
The Old Testament is often full of New Testament hope. Ezekiel is trying to explain to a stubborn people something they cannot grasp. Before Jesus, it was unlikely that a heart could change to the point of being a new creation; but when we accept Jesus as our Savior, that’s exactly what happens.
Now, the rest of our lives on earth can be lived out in the way we choose. Salvation doesn’t make us robots, automatically able to to do the will of God, but it does allow us to have a relationship with Him.
The more we choose to walk with God, the more we will experience shards of Heaven on earth by standing in His presence. In an arena full of others worshipping God together, He is there. In our pursuit of His Word, He speaks directly into our lives. Through miracles that befall our lives, and prayers answered along the way, we join in the love of the Father. Heaven is the pinnacle, but its spark of change is lit here.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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