1. Application

Ezra 10 and the Trinity

Ezra 10:1–44 (ESV)

1 While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.

What does Ezra 10 reveal about what God the Spirit does in and through me?

God the Holy Spirit brings me to true repentance and helps me to make changes in my life. He helps me to confess my sins to God rightly. Even though we want to honour God, so often we can confess our sins and continue to live as we please. By nature we are hypocrites and we struggle to repent; we don’t make changes to our lives; our growth in holiness is slow and difficult. However, sanctification is a process, and God the Holy Spirit is working in our lives through the means of grace to convict us of sin and give us the strength and resolve we need to change our sinful habits (Romans 8:1–39; Galatians 5:1–26).