24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 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. 26 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. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. (Ezekiel 36:24-28)
Ezekiel got a glimpse of a heavenly plan from the mind and heart of God Himself. Sometimes I wonder what I would have done had God given me a plan like this, revealing something my mind could barely comprehend, something prepared for those to whom the Lord would reveal it to in the fulness of time. The time He would send His Son, to take away the sin of the world and transform humanity into a new creation, a people who belong to Him. A people out of whome He removed a heart of stone and gave a heart of flesh. A new heart. A heart in which He placed Himself through His Holy Spirit.
We live within the fulfillment of this message in Christ. God has taken us out of the world, gathered us out from among the nations and from all the countries of the world and brought us into our own land, the kingdom of God. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, He has made us clean -- forever! All of our filthiness is gone and we have been been freed from the power of sin through the blood of Jesus. He has given us a new heart and a new spirit and put His Spirit within us. Now He works this out in and through us according to His will. And we dwell in the land He has given us in the kingdom of God, fulfilling the promise He gave to our father, Abraham. Now we are His people and He is our God.
Ezekiel tells us that God did not do this for our sake. He did this for His Name's sake which was profaned among the nations because of His people Israel. God was jealous for His Name, and He made a way for us to be kept by Himself and transferred into the Kingdom of God.
What an amazing God we have. He is able to save us completely. He has set us free from sin's power and from death, and caused us to enter into life forever through the death and resurrection of His Son. And He gives this to us as a gift. Undeserved. Not by anything we could ever do. But by what He Himself did and will continue to fulfill. He joined us to Himself forever.
Oh the grace of God. The power and wonder of His ways. I am so thankful He loves us. How good and gracious He is.