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Holy Spirit

Now here is good news. God can’t see our old heart. God can’t see that we are dirty and need to be scrubbed clean. We have a new heart to help to live the way God wants us to. We are now exceptionally clean.

And even better news. It is a heart that is God-willed not filled with our selfish ways. This is a stunning reality. Our old heart has been removed. We have the Holy Spirit as a seal to show it is true. The evidence is obedience to the will of God and His way.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new Spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.[1]

(Ezekiel 36:26-27)

In Ezekiel 36:26a new heart to you, and a new spirit” Develops the promise from Ezekiel 11:19–20.

And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21[2]

Yahweh’s cleansing entails a total transformation of heart and spirit. From a biblical perspective, the heart was the seat of the mind and will, not just emotion. Ezekiel uses heart and spirit in tandem to refer to a person’s whole being.

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“I will remove the heart of stone” The people’s arrogance and stubborn self-reliance had hardened their hearts, making them unable to respond to Yahweh as they should.

I will give my spirit into your inner parts” The new spirit is Yahweh’s Spirit. Total transformation from rebellion to obedience requires divine intervention. Acts 2:4 and Romans 8:9 give a more concrete example, with God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in those who believe in the Messiah. An immediate application demonstrating the life-giving effects of Yahweh’s Spirit comes in Ezek 37:1–14 (Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones).[3]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Eze 36:26–27.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Eze 11:19–21.

[3] John D. Barry et al., Faithlife Study Bible (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016), Eze 36:26–27.