Ezekial 18:30, 31 - Get a New Heart and Spirit for the Abundant Life.

Ezekial 18:30, 31 - Get a New Heart and Spirit for the Abundant 

Ezekial 18:30, 31 (NIV) Therefore, O house of Israel, I will 
judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign 
LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be 
your downfall.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have 
committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house 
of Israel? 

Ezekial 18:30, 31 (CWR) Listen to me, O Israel.  I will judge 
everyone individually according to his deeds.  You need to repent and 
turn away from your wickedness.  Your sin is your downfall.  Don't 
let it destroy you! Change your ways and come to me for a new heart 
and a new spirit.  Why should you die? 


  Have you ever accused God of not being fair? The Jews were 
doing that (vv. 25, 29-30) and quoting a familiar proverb to argue 
their case (v. 2; Jer. 31:29-30). If the fathers did the sinning, why 
should their children do the suffering? Is not God unjust when He 
punishes the children for the fathers' sins? 
  But God does not do that, nor does He take pleasure in sending 
judgment (vv. 23, 32). He would gladly forgive sinners if they would only 
repent. God judges individuals--regardless of what their fathers have 
done (vv. 4, 20). You cannot claim your father's righteousness, nor 
can you be punished for your father's sin. You might be punished by 
your father's sin, but that is another matter (Deut. 5:9). 
  The supreme need is for a "new heart and a new spirit" (v. 
31), which can come only through faith in Christ. "Turn and live!" is 
God's loving call to sinners today. It is a matter not of fairness but 
of grace. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


Ezekiel's solution to the problem of inherited guilt is for each 
person to have a changed life. This is God's work in us and not 
something we can do for ourselves. The Holy Spirit does it (Psalm 
51:10-12). If we renounce our life's direction of sin and rebellion and 
turn to God, he will give us a new direction, a new love, and a new 
power to change. You can begin by faith, trusting in God's power to 
change your heart and mind. Then determine to live each day with him in 
control (Ephes. 4:22-24). [Life Application SB] 

God does not command what cannot be done, but admonishes us to 
do what is in our power, and to pray for what is not. [Matthew 
Henry Commentary] 

  Sin has its seat in the mind. The soul must purpose the sinful 
act before passion can dominate over reason. The root of sin, then, 
is a bent of mind that causes man to choose the evil course. The 
solution to the problem is to correct this basic disposition. This is 
what repentance is intended to accomplish. A change must take place 
in the thinking of the individual. Since God never coerces the 
will, this act must be voluntary, but the Holy Spirit is given to aid 
the soul. It is quite impossible for the individual of himself to 
accomplish the transformation. But when he chooses to make the change and 
in his great need cries out to God, the powers of the soul are 
imbued with power from above and the propensity of the mind is 
  True repentance, then, is a function of the mind. It includes 
a thorough scrutinizing of the situation to discover what factors 
led to the defection, and also a study as to how similar errors can 
be avoided in the future. Repentance is the process whereby sin is 
expelled from the life. Once repented of, it can be confessed, and it 
will be forgiven. But confession without repentance is meaningless. 
God cannot forgive sins that are still active in the heart. This is 
the reason why the basic emphasis of the Scriptures is upon 
repentance rather than confession... The reason many Christians fall so 
repeatedly into the same error is that they have never truly permitted the 
Holy Spirit to change their basic thinking with regard to that sin; 
they have never taken their sins to heart, to discover how, by the 
enabling grace of God, they might have complete victory over those sins. 
[SDA Bible Commentary] 

  Here is where thousands fail; they do not believe that Jesus 
pardons them personally, individually. They do not take God at His word. 
It is the privilege of all who comply with the conditions to know 
for themselves that pardon is freely extended for every sin. Put 
away the suspicion that God's promises are not meant for you. They 
are for every repentant transgressor. Strength and grace have been 
provided through Christ to be brought by ministering angels to every 
believing soul. None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, 
and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them. He is waiting to 
strip them of their garments stained and polluted with sin, and to put 
upon them the white robes of righteousness; He bids them live and not 
  God does not deal with us as finite men deal with one another. 
His thoughts are thoughts of mercy, love, and tenderest compassion. 
He says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man 
his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have 
mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." "I 
have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a 
cloud, thy sins." Isaiah 55:7; 44:22.  
  "I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the 
Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." Ezekiel 18:32. 
Satan is ready to steal away the blessed assurances of God. He desires 
to take every glimmer of hope and every ray of light from the soul; 
but you must not permit him to do this. Do not give ear to the 
tempter, but say, "Jesus has died that I might live. He loves me, and 
wills not that I should perish. I have a compassionate heavenly 
Father; and although I have abused His love, though the blessings He has 
given me have been squandered, I will arise, and go to my Father, and 
say, 'I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee, and am no more 
worthy to be called Thy son: make me as one of Thy hired servants.'" 
The parable tells you how the wanderer will be received: "When he 
was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and 
ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:18-20.  
  But even this parable, tender and touching as it is, comes 
short of expressing the infinite compassion of the heavenly Father. 
The Lord declares by His prophet, "I have loved thee with an 
everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee. " 
Jeremiah 31:3. While the sinner is yet far from the Father's house, 
wasting his substance in a strange country, the Father's heart is 
yearning over him; and every longing awakened in the soul to return to 
God is but the tender pleading of His Spirit, wooing, entreating, 
drawing the wanderer to his Father's heart of love.  SC53-54 

Death is the wages of sin, but God would rather we not pay it. 
He has already covered the cost of our sin in the death of His Son; 
we must simply accept His gift and come to Him on His terms. [Life 
Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 


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