NEWNESS

NEWNESS

MONDAY

Since we are beginning a NEW Year and a time of NEW resolutions, it makes sense to look at the use of NEW in the Bible.  The Greek language uses two words to make a distinction between ‘newness’. There is ‘newness in form and quality’ (kainos) and ‘newness in respect to time’ (neos). The word used predominantly in the New Testament and in the LXX (Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) is kainos – ‘new in form and quality’ although as we will see later in the week, neos (although infrequently used) is utilized in a clarifying way.

We will begin by looking at the promise by God in the Hebrew Scriptures of a “NEW” heart and spirit. Remember, when we speak of ‘newness’ we are speaking of new in form or quality. The Book of Ezekiel is rich with the ‘newness’ concept. Very simply there is a promise, a call and a provision. Originally it is promised and called for from Israel. The new heart and spirit is new in form or quality – the old cannot work – it must be changed!

 
A NEW HEART/SPIRIT

 
THE PROMISE –
God has promised a ‘new’ spirit within sinful Israel. A ‘new’ spirit is needed because the ‘old’ is corrupted by sin. This is true not only of Israel but ALL mankind – there are none good, not even one!

 
NAU Ezekiel 11:19
“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

 
NIV Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

 
KJV Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

 
THE CALL – God called Israel to change their attitudes and actions. They found this (as we find today) an impossible task to do completely and consistently.

 
NAU Ezekiel 18:31
“Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?

 
NIV Ezekiel 18:31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel?

 
KJV Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

 
THE PROVISION –
While man finds the task of making for himself a new, uncorrupted heart and spirit, God promises He will provide one. Ultimately He did – after the days of Ezekiel in the finished work of Jesus the Messiah that we access by faith!

 
NAU Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

 
NIV Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 
KJV Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

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