The Holy Spirit's heart brings life in Christ to those who seek him. Isaiah 32.15-17 tells us that "till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. The Lord's justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever." The metaphor is of the heart being like a wilderness until the Holy Spirit renews it and it becomes like a green pasture and then a mature forest.✞
This new life in Christ is like having a heart transplant and receiving a brand new heart. The prophet Ezekiel 36.26-27 confirms that in the new order the Lord "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. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws." The prophet Ezekiel foresaw that Israel would be renewed in Jesus and the Holy Spirit come upon the people. Their hearts would be regenerated by God.✞
In Joel 2.28-29 we read that "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days." This prophecy indicates not only the renewal of the heart but also that in the new covenant times the new life in Christ would be given on a wide scale to both to women and men and to girls and boys too.✞
In the Ninth Century AD, a group of Latin monks wrote some beautiful words about the coming of the Holy Spirit. They were translated into English by John Cosin (1594-1672) in 1627. The words Come, Holy Ghost begin "Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart."✞