Flesh and Spirit – Passage #2 lesson 4
MY WORDS ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:18-20 (in Context) Ezekiel 11 (Whole Chapter)
In the introduction to this lesson I explained in a parabolic way the indwelling sinful nature of man from birth. The spiritual truth is that humans are born with a sinful nature. The nature or spirit of man is to gratify desires in a selfish and my way or the highway manner.
Parents, siblings, relatives, the world in general all have been born equally selfish and needy. We soon learn as infants that irritating noise can get us satisfaction for our needs and wants.
As we grow we learn noise can and does result in reward or punishment.
Being selfish and desirous of our way without pain or punishment we learn the art of compromise. We learn the right noises from the wrong noises. And the behaviors that draw reward are distinguished and separated from those that draw pain and punishment. We learn quickly that there are differences among those who care to give and those who wish to withhold reward and punishment in various ways and means.
We are taught in one way or the other that there are rules, laws, rights, wrongs, and a never-ending list of do’s and don’ts.
We also addressed in the introduction that the sinful selfish self gratifying nature can only leave a person by invitation of that individual for a heart change.
If the request is never made the sinful nature ripens in to full-grown sinful humans with ever-increasing hostility to things of spirit, and a greater lust for self-gratification in one way or another.
Plans have to be made to gratify goals, wants, and needs. From creation God had a plan to glorify himself. His plan was the redemption of self involved humans from sinful desires to a relationship that included worship and fellowship with him.
God knew from the time he created each of us the nature of our hearts and the choices we would make. Some would yield and hear his call for worship. Others would choose to keep the sinful nature and self-gratification they were born with.
God has mercy on whom he will have mercy and they are born again through faith in Jesus Christ and have eternal security.
Charles Ryrie says; “Eternal security is the work of God that guarantees that the gift of salvation, once received, is forever and cannot be lost.”
Reference to scripture shows us that this salvation is “kept by the power of God through faith in salvation. (1 Peter 1:5) God by his provision of angelic beings and the blood covering of Christ’s sacrificial act on the cross and by the placement of the Holy Spirit (New Spirit) within the hearts and minds of his redeemed; keeps them secure for this lifetime and into perpetuity or eternity.
Your security does not depend on anything you did or do but on the divine call and mercy and grace of the triune God the Father, Jesus the Son (sent by God) and the Holy Spirit (Sent by Christ).
Each member of the trinity has a function of which God is the primary eternal securing power.
Jesus said, “He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (Jn. 5:24) see also Jn. 6:37-39. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. (Rom. 8:35-39) Nothing and no one can take or pluck us from God’s hand us included. You are eternally secured by the very word and promise of Christ.
The Holy Spirit secures us in the following ways. God gave him the commission to regenerate or to plant the new nature and new relationship with God in our accepting hearts along with a desire for eternal security. (2 Pet, 1:4) The Spirit takes up residency forever in the hearts of Christians at their rebirth. (Jn. 14:16) The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. (Eph. 1:13-14)
God wants everyone to come to repentance. Sadly as stated earlier the noise gets in the way. It can and will cost more than we can or want to pay!9 However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”[b]—
10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.[c] 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”[d]
But we have the mind of Christ.
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