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Get a New Heart

The change of heart that creates a new treasuring of Jesus is a gift of God that we experience when the eyes of our hearts are opened to see Jesus as more to be desired than any other reality.
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The change of heart that creates a new treasuring of Jesus is a gift of God that we experience when the eyes of our hearts are opened to see Jesus as more to be desired than any other reality. Jesus refers to that change as new birth (see Demand #1) or repentance (see Demand #2). It is the assumed summons of Jesus behind all his other demands. Get a new heart. Be born again. That is what we are seeing implicitly here in the demand for a righteousness or a purity that exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees. This demand is a call most deeply for the new birth.
 
This internal change is a gift. God demands it, and God gives it. Jesus says, “You must be born again” (John 3:7), but also says, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Jesus gives the command. The free and unpredictable Spirit gives the gift. Our responsibility is to see the Jesus who is really there and trust him for all that he is.

Extract From Book: What Jesus Demands from the World – By John Piper

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1 comment:

  1. Amen. Get a new heart...leave behind the old one and the sin within it.

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