Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:25-27
A heart operation in 2010.
2. SURVEY OF THE TEXT
a. Historical survey of this prophesy: i. Who - prophet Ezekiel to Judah. ii. What - God forgives Judah, Judah will undergo a major heart change towards God. iii. When - Around year 12 into Judah's exile, around 586 BC. Ezek. 33:21 iv. Where - In the land of Babylon by the River Chebar. Ezek. 1:2 v. Why - God is jealous for His own Name. Ezek. 36:22-23
3. DOCTRINES INFERRED
a. God is the only one who can help Man - "I will".
b. God will give Man a new heart because his infected heart is beyond repair.
4. DOCTRINES APPLIED
a. Fulfillment of prophecy i. Partial fulfillment of this prophesy under the reign of the Persian Empire. 516 BC - Restoring the temple in Jerusalem. Ezra 3:2-6, 3:10-11, 6:15-22. 458 BC - Ministry under Ezra. Ezra 9-10 445 BC - Ministry under Nehemiah. Neh. 8-10
ii. Final fulfillment of this prophesy under the reign of the ascended Christ. AD 33 - Ministry of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit. John 4:5-7, Acts 2:17-18 & 33, Titus 3:5-6. Rom. 8:9 & 11.
b. To the non-Christians β Be born again by the Spirit! Prov. 1:7, Luke 11:11-13.