Ezekiel 36:25-28 and The Reason for Salvation

e1c888b3a182926240fa216452650077There are many different places in the Old Testament that foreshadow life in the New Covenant under Jesus Christ. Ezekiel has a few, and this is one of the most well known:

25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be cleansed of all your pollution. I will cleanse you of all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stony heart from your body and replace it with a living one, 27 and I will give you my spirit so that you may walk according to my regulations and carefully observe my case laws. 28 Then you will live in the land that I gave to your ancestors, you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Notice here there is baptism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Not only that, but an inner transformation. This is not just about getting into heaven when we die, but rather, it is about living as God has called us to live here and now. Specifically, the Lord says that the reason he will give his Spirit to us is so that we can obey his laws. Paul makes a similar statement in Ephesians:

You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Many people memorize verses 8 and 9 above, but curiously leave off verse 10, which is the completion of the thought. Yes, we are saved by God’s grace. No, we do not earn that salvation. However, we are saved so that we can and will obey God and live a holy life.

Ask yourself today, “Am I living a holy life because of my salvation in Christ Jesus?” If the answer is yes, praise God and continue in your walk, growing from grace to grace and glory to glory so that the fullness of Christ may be revealed through you to the world around you. If the answer is no, humbly confess this to God (he knows it already anyway) and repent. Turn from your current practices and seek to live a life that will bring a smile to the face of Christ. God will give you his grace to do this if you are willing to receive it.


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