|Ezekiel 11 |
1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the LORD's house, which faces eastward; and behold at the door of the gate there were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah, the son of Azur and Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
2 Then the Lord said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,
3 Who say, 'The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the flesh.'
4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O son of man."
5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, "Speak, Thus says the LORD: This is what you have thought, O house of Israel, for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
6 You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron, but I shall drive you out of the midst of it.
8 You have feared the sword, and I will bring a sword upon you," says the Lord GOD.
9 "And I will bring you out of its midst and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
10 You shall fall by the sword; I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall you be the flesh in its midst; but I will judge you at the border of Israel;
12 And you shall know that I am the LORD for you have not walked in my statutes nor executed my judgments, but have walked according to the manner of the heathen who are around you."
13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, "Ah Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"
14 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
15 "Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, the men of your kindred, and all the house of Israel, are they of whom the [present] inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'They are far from the LORD; this land was given to us for a possession.'
16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be like a little sanctuary to them in the countries where they have gone.'
17 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, I will gather you from the people and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel.
18 And they shall return there, and they shall take away all the detestable things and all the abominations from there.
19 And I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh,
20 So that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances, and do them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.1
21 But as for those whose heart yearns for and goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will repay their ways on their own heads,'" says the Lord GOD.
22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood upon the mountain that is on the east side of the city.
24 Afterwards the spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen left me.
25 Then I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.
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1 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. From George Fox's The Second Covenant:
And in Ezek 11, the Lord said by him, I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take their stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances to do them, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Now this spirit is witnessed, which the Lord has put within his people, and has given them a new heart, and this is the one heart, the new heart, with which the people of God come to be joined together to God. This brings the people to know the Lord to be their God, and themselves to be his people according to his promise: they shall be unto me a people, and I will be unto them a God; but as for those that walk after the heart of their own detestable things, and their own abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, says the Lord God.
Now here is the end and portion of those who walk by the light of Christ, walk by the light, so by the law, for the law is light; but those who witness the new heart, the one heart, if it be thousands, yes ten thousands, these walk over all the abomination and detestable things of the world, and see the Lord recompensing upon their heads of those who walk after their own hearts, they are not in this one heart, but in the heart that is desperately wicked, and deceitful, and that is the old heart, the corrupt heart, that is desperately wicked, and this is the portion of them that walk after detestable things, and abominations, God will recompense it upon their own heads. Christ the second priest, the righteousness of God, the everlasting covenant of light, life and peace; when he was to leave his disciples and to pass away from them, he said, I will send you the Comforter. Here is the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name: he shall teach you all things. Mark, the Comforter was to come to those who were of Christ and followed him; the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, would come to them from the Father, which Christ is the way to, which Holy Ghost should teach them all things, and bring all things to their remembrance. Whatever I have spoken to you, [now mark,] this is it that must teach, and was to teach, and must bring all things to remembrance, which Christ has spoken to his disciples, [mark,] this brings to remembrance, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter which comes from the Father, the spirit of truth, which leads into all truth. Now who would have anything to teach them, and to bring to their remembrance, all the things that Christ has spoken, and to teach them, except the Comforter the Holy Ghost; yet there are many who oppose this and deny the possibility of this occurring, and they argue about the meaning of the words of scripture quoted above.
The Holy Spirit is what brings them to remembrance, and the same baptizes and shuts out of the old memory the words; he, who has the words in the old memory of his carnal mind, does not have the Holy Ghost to teach him. But now thousands have come to witness the Holy Ghost, including both those who are educated in letter and ignorant in letter. The Holy Ghost teaches them and brings to their remembrance the things that Christ has spoken; it brings to memory. Without it bringing to memory, there is no teaching of the educated or uneducated, as Peter speaks of; but this is it that teaches, the Holy Ghost, and brings to memory, and lets them see the words, yes, of all things as Christ has spoken; so peace I leave with you.
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