(NOTE: See yesterday’s post for Part 1 of this discussion.)
The unregenerate man (that is, he who has not been born again) is perpetually bound to his heart full of sin. It is not until he places his faith entirely on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as attonement for his sin and fully submits to His lordship that man is given a new heart:
“19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh 20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.“-Ezekiel 11:19-20
As the passage clearly indicates above, it is with this new heart that man is finally able to faithfully obey God and His commandments. Apart from this new heart, man cannot. In fact, without this “heart-transplant,” man can do nothing but sin. It is part of his nature, his essence, his self-centered modus operendi, inherited from the father of all men, Adam (Romans 5:12). In fact, even after man is given a “heart of flesh” that same root of sin still resides. It is never fully plucked-out in this lifetime. It is a weed, which the regenerate man will continually strive to overcome, by the God’s grace. But, at least now, the weed that sprouts from the root of sin in his heart will never again overcome him.
In fact, if we take another look at the passage in Ezekiel, we will see that God not only gives the regenerate man a new heart, but He also will give them a new spirit… His Spirit. It is His Spirit who is ultimately the powerful force in this battle against sin. We must side with the Spirit and we will overcome sin:
“16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires fo the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.“-Galatians 5:16-17