2 Corinthians 3:2,3 “ You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; v3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
An epistle was a letter written on a scroll to instruct churches to deliver the message of salvation through Christ Jesus to the rest of the world. If you are a true follower and believer of Christ, this message has been heard and embedded into your heart through the power of the Holy Spirit working within you. This verse, among many, was and is a reminder of the promise Jesus Himself told us that if we love Him and keep His commandments that He would send another Helper and dwell within us forever. - John 14:15-18
To help us understand what this verse is saying we go back in time 2590 years, which was 590 years before the Apostle Paul wrote the above verse to give us the clear prophetic vision of what the prophet Ezekiel had said in the Old Testament found in chapter 36:17-21. Time and time again Israel defiled and rejected the word of God and were dispersed to countries all throughout the world at that time. God was speaking to Ezekiel on what He was to say to the people of Israel who had profaned and defiled His Holy name wherever they had been exiled.
And God then gives these faithful promises in v24 “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. v25 “ 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.” Just as God has done, from the beginning of time with His divine love and mercy, He will forgive us, cleanse us, and deliver us from evil, if only we will turn back to Him through repentance and obedience to His commandments.
Then perhaps some of the most profound verses found in all the Old testament and the greatest promise made to God’s chosen people. Ezekiel 36:26 “ 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. v27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgements and do them. v28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” (also found in Ezek. 11:19; Jer. 32:38,39)
Not only were these verses speaking to the people, 2590 years ago, of the coming promise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ but clearly speaks to us today of what God continues to do for us. He will take out our hearts of stone (filled with doubt and unbelief) and give us a heart of flesh so that we may live through Him and for Him by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. This great promise is to all who wholeheartedly believe in and trust completely in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. (Again read John 14:15-18)
It has always been since the beginning of time that God’s greatest desire has been to live among His people and have a close personal relationship with us[you,I] Sin entered the world back in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and so has separated us from our living God. Only through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ can we establish a personal relationship and receive the greatest gift of living in God’s presence for all eternity.
What is so astonishing and amazing to me is how the power of God’s words speak to us through scripture. How is it that words written and spoken to us 2590 years ago still remain so true and inspiring yet today ? How sad it is that so many do not read the greatest book ever written that gives us riches and treasures beyond comprehension.
Start today – Don’t delay and change your life - Let the power of God’s words speak to you and be filled with a peace and joy beyond measure.
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