The new heart

As Christians we have been given a new heart by Jesus Christ, he has done away with that old sinful old heart. And given us a new heart!

Ezekiel 36:26Amplified Bible (AMP) –

A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

This new heart is a new God-willed heart, because it is a God-filled heart:

Ephesians 3:19Amplified Bible (AMP) –

[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [c]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [d]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Because of this our former heart is eclipsed to absolutely nothing more than a memory. In fact, the rotten old heart is only called upon as a cause for rejoicing that it has disappeared. Like an empty prison cell, it is only remembered by the former resident as a reminder of how fantastic freedom from that cell really is.

The old heart can be defined as “everything about us that was contrary to the nature of God.” This old heart, that could never please God, has been cut away by Christ Himself.

Colossians 2:11Amplified Bible (AMP) –

In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

True circumcision is of the heart, we have been heart – circumcised!

Romans 2:17; Romans 2:28-29 (Weymouth New Testament) –

For the true Jew is not the man who is simply a Jew outwardly, and true circumcision is not that which is outward and bodily. But the true Jew is one inwardly, and true circumcision is heart-circumcision–not literal, but spiritual; and such people receive praise not from men, but from God

The lord is not trying to fix your old heart, he has removed it! Amazingly, He does not stop there but places inside of each believer a new heart!

Ezekiel 36:36 – Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the bible –

I will change the whole of your infected nature; and give you new appetites, new passions…… 

 

I will entirely remove this heart: it is opposite to that which I have promised you; you cannot have the new heart and the old heart at the same time.

You cannot have the old and new at the same time; they are opposite of each other and have contrary desires.

But a true Christian has only a heart that is by nature completely new. This heart has new passions and emotions. These are the emotions of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit.

The new heart frolics in teh presence of God; for it has been made the dwelling place of the Eternal! The new heart is a holy-heart, with only holy thoughts and desires.

There is nothing evil in the heart of the believer! Only Heaven’s goodness can dwell within it.

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