God works in our hearts, beginning His Work
God works in our hearts, beginning His work in our old self and continuing in our new self.
It is with our heart that we believe and the mouth we confess.
“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we proclaim: that if you will confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:8-11 (1 John 4:7-16)
We learned Christ by God’s grace, saved through faith.
…for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.Ephesians 2:8-10
By God’s grace, we are born of the spirit, created in Messiah Jesus.
“As Jesus told Nicodemus and tells us, when we are born again, we can see and enter God’s Kingdom. “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born anew, * he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”” John 3:3 (1 Peter 1:3; John 2:29; Mark 1:15; 9:1)
“Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.“ John 3:5-7 (Ezekiel 36:25-27; Acts 22:16; Titus 3:5; Philippians 3:3; John 1:33)
God works in our born of the Spirit spirit and in our soul and body.
Our soul contains our heart. Our heart is the center of our mind, emotions and will. When our body dies, our spirit goes to heaven. (Hebrews 12:23)
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Our new body at Jesus’ return.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:20-21.
God forgave/remitted our sin thru the new covenant Jesus’ blood.
“As they were eating, Yeshua took bread, gave thanks for* it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28 ISV (Hebrews 12:24; 1 John 4:7-16)
God “saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,”
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.” Titus 3:3-8 ISV.
We become a letter from Christ written by the Spirit on tablets of our hearts.
“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 NASB
Paul prays that the eyes of our hearts might be enlightened.
“For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Yeshua which is among you and the love which you have toward all the holy ones, don’t cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, hat you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the holy ones, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Messiah when he raised him from the dead and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, authority, power, dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:15-23 (Ezekiel 36:26)
Paul affirms his ministry and purpose, revealing how God works.
“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given,
- to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
- and to enlighten all people as to what the plan of the mystery is which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;
- so that the multifaceted wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” Ephesians 3:8-11 NASB
Paul urges, put off the old self and put on the new self.
“But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former way of life, you are to rid yourselves of the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you are to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:20-24 NASB
Scripture not noted is from the World Messianic Bible
~ Bill Bremer
Bill Bremer is Founder and Managing Director at Kingdom Relationships Colorado.