martes, 1 de abril de 2014

The heart according to the bible

According to the Word of God the heart is the core of our being, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human & not just the emotions. In the bible the heart is connected with the mind: As a personthinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). The heart is also spoken of in the bible as the center of the moral and spiritual life. Jesus in the Parable of the sower Luke 8:12 & Paul also, said that a person must believe in the heart to be saved, “for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness (Rom. 10:10). (See also Mark 11:23; Heb. 3:12.)

The Word of God tells us the importance of guarding our hearts :  
Proverbs 4: 23 'Keep (guard) thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'

Galatians 4: 6 'And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father'

1/ The heart must especially be kept pure, because the heart is the place of God's residence

God dwells in the heart. (Isaiah 57:15; Ephesians 3:17; Gal.4:6), therefore it must be pure and clean. If the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19; [2 Cor 4:16] 2 Cor. 5:1-4),  The center innermost part of what is called the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies would represent the heart. And the heart of hearts (the spirit) would represent the holy of holies!

The Word of God says that we humans are made of 3 parts:

 “...And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1 thesalonians 5:23). 2 Cor.5:17; Phil 3:20-21) 

Since we are seeing these verses, let us also remember that our redemption is provided for our whole being: spirit- done when born again, the Spirit gives birth to spirit, John 3:1-7; Soul work in progress, Rom 12:2.  & body- will be redeem when Christ comes for His church. Rom 8:23, 1 Cor 15:44)

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ...
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality". Romans 12: 1-2,9-13.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me". Psalm 51:10;

It is ALL His work in us, but for the soul to be renewed, we need to surrender, to trust, to obey Him, & collaborate with Him, so we can serve Him well (because we are the ones who keep bringing back the thorns, the root of bitterness , the flesh etc. in our hearts- God made us free will creatures). 

Philippians 1:6 says: "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

2/ The heart must be kept pure because Love is based in the heart.
Love” is one of the most common, yet misused and misunderstood words in any language. It isn't the emotion tought by the world but It's an act of will. According to the Bible, love is caring in action, it's sacrificial (Eph.5:1-2), it isn't what we feel, but mainly what we do, LOVE is active. Love is a matter of highest priority to God.
The first of all the commandments to the believer is to love God “with all your heart ..& 2nd to love thy neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:28-34; (Romans 5:5; Juan 13:34; Gal.5:6). Jesus resumed the 10 commandments in these 2.
'therefore love is the fulfilling of the law'. (Romans 13:8-10). "God is love" (1 John 4:8).
8 Charity (Love, Strong's #26-Agape) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Cor.13

Love is greater than faith and hope because love is eternal, while faith and hope are temporal, until we meet with Him.

Let all your things be done with charity (love). 1 Cor.16:14

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to anotherJohn13:35

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my loveJohn 15:9 Love unifies us.
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth1 John 3:17-18

3/ The heart must be kept pure because Faith resides or lives in our hearts also. Faith is believing God with your heart (Mark 11:22-24; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 15:9; 1 John 3:3; Luke 18:8)
 'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God ' Romans 10:17.  
Faith is important to get save, to please God & to grow spiritually.  
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:6.  
It is faith which worketh by love (Gal.5:6), true faith is active, not passive, because it is perfected or completed by our actions (James 2:22).