“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath!” Ephesians 2:1-3
The heart of an unregenerate man is as spiritually dead and senseless as the nether millstone!
The Gospel, with all its alluring promises, may be proclaimed to him–but the unregenerate man does not receive it. The Gospel has no allurements for him. Nor do the denunciations of judgment and Hell excite any alarm in him.
But when God gives a new heart, puts a new spirit within him, and takes away his heart of stone–then all his views, desires, and pursuits, become changed! Being alive to God–he will be alive to all holy exercises. And thus find his happiness in the enjoyment of his God!
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved!” Ephesians 2:4-5
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;
cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and cause you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:25-27
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