First, do you think Ezekiel 36:26-27 is a foreshadowing of the gospel? If it is, then the gospel is something greater than what is foreshadowed. This scripture specifically lists things that God does for us when we are saved. A new heart, a new spirit, His Spirit are given to us but my question lies in the next few words… “and will cause you to observe my ordinances” (NASB) “cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” NIV.
The rest of the gospel for me is immediate and continuous change for the remainder of our lives here in this world. This change “causes” us to walk in His statutes.
The “cause” statement is clearly tied to “My Spirit.” I theorize that the more we seek God’s presence by living in the Spirit, the more God can “cause” us or change us from the inside out. The theological term here is sanctification.
I hear people sharing the “gospel of salvation” all the time but within the church … the followers of Christ… I don’t hear talk of the things we do to “with intention” enter into God’s presence. If you agree with the above, list the top 4 things in descending order of priority you do to “intentionally” draw yourself into the presence of God so that He may elect to change you from the inside out… quicker.
I ask this question of any follower of Christ I meet to draw them into a spiritual conversation that encourages us both to be more intentional in our pursuit of the gospel of change (enabling God to choose to use our hands, feet, and mind). I thought I’d try it here.
After two years of asking the question and talking with the indwelling Spirit through others, I’ve learned something that I’ll share at the end if no one lists it.
May God richly bless you through these thoughts. Press on dear brothers and sisters.