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O Holy Spirit, Enter In (CW 184)

O Holy Spirit, Enter In (CW 184)

 

Ezekiel 36:25-27

25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 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. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

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1. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person in the Trinity, takes action to save those chosen to be with God in eternity. Ezekiel knew this six hundred years before Jesus’ birth. What does the prophet write (Ezekiel 36:25-27)?

2. The prophet points to the Spirit’s actions in New Testament times. How does He bring people to faith (vv. 25-26)? What else does the Spirit do (v. 27)?

O Holy Spirit, Enter In (CW 184)

O Holy Spirit, enter in,

And in our hearts Your work begin,

    Your dwelling place now make us.

Sun of the soul, O Light divine,

Around and in us brightly shine,

    To joy and gladness wake us

        That we may be

    Truly living,

    To You giving

        Prayer unceasing

And in love be still increasing.

Give to Your Word impressive pow’r,

That in our hearts from this good hour

    As fire it may be glowing,

That in true Christian unity

We faithful witnesses may be,

    Your glory ever showing.

        Hear us, cheer us

    By Your teaching;

    Let our preaching

        And our labor

Praise You, Lord, and serve our neighbor.

O mighty Rock, O Source of life,

Let Your dear Word, in doubt and strife,

    In us be strongly burning

That we be faithful unto death

And live in love and holy faith,

    From You true wisdom learning.

        Your grace and peace

    On us shower;

    By Your power

        Christ confessing,

Let us see our Savior’s blessing.