Sunday, March 20, 2011

A foretelling of what salvation looks like

Ezekiel 36:33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”   

So at the time our iniquities are forgiven or cleansed, we are immediatley able to dwell in God's kingdom, it doesn't take any special works it only takes belief in and confession of Jesus as the Son of the Living God and our Savior sent as the last sacrafice for our sins.  We are given immediate access and ability to function in the Kingdom of God, we can enter into His presence and come before His throne boldly.

In fact this restoration brings us back to the original intended design vs 35 above says "what was desolate has become like Eden."  He brings us back to the originally intended relatoinship (remember Adam and Eve walked in the garden with God, the spent time together).  It says in:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (Amp) 17Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

God was revealing to His prophet Ezekiel not only the restoration that He was getting ready to make for his people Israel in Ezekiel's time, but He was also revealing a picture of the coming restoration and salvation coming for all of creation through Jesus.

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