SPIRITUAL HEART: A Personal Study

Since many preachers’ definitions of heart do not include any scriptures, I have to believe they get that from psychology or at least some commentary. That bothers me. My first red flag popped up when one man said the heart is the emotional center. That would be a physical heart if I understand correctly. We ponder, think, and understand, etc. with the spiritual heart but not with the physical. A quick reference list shows that certain qualities (good or bad) are in the heart (Matt. 15:16-19). I am not sure how murder fits in, but it is a quality too. Look carefully at the Hebrew meaning of Prov. 23:7–as a man thinketh in his heart. That is strange, but necessary to understand.

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DIRECTED, PURPOSEFUL BIBLE STUDY

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 7:17).

studyThis scripture should be the criterion for anyone studying the Bible. A person who wills to do the will of God has that capacity of the mind. In Romans 7 Paul tells the capacity of his mind—the ability of the mind—thelo and thelema. The mind can and will to do either good or evil. In repentance there is the new mind that wills to do the will of God and serve God as described in Romans 7:25.

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ALCOHOLIC CONTENT IN BIBLE “WINE”

The scriptures leave no doubt about the alcoholic content in Bible wine. The testimony is virtually unanimous that their wine had an extremely low content of alcohol. Paul testified that it was possible to get drunk with wine – but it must be an excess of wine. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph. 5:18). How much excess did it take to become drunk in Bible times?

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LOVE NOT THE WORLD (Questions for Discussion)

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:

  1. According to 1 John 2:15, what is NOT in a man if he loves the world?
  2. When John talks about loving the world in 1 John 2:15-17, is that the same thing as loving worldliness?
  3. Does the word ‘world’ in 1 John 2:15 refer to worldliness when God describes the world as having things in it?
  4. Does the ‘world’ in 1 John 2:15 refer to the men in the world if God told us to love our neighbors?
  5. Compare Romans 1:18-25 and tell how that passage fits with the one in the question above.
  6. After I have understood that God has made everything in this world, should I worship God or the things He has made?
  7. According to Luke 16:14, what is mammon?
  8. Why did the Pharisees not like this teaching about mammon (Luke 16:14)?
  9. Ponder the statement made to the unjust steward in Luke 16:8.  Tell why this is true.
  10. Should we love the world in the sense of the people in the world?
  11. Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 talk about serving two masters.  What are those two masters?
  12. Why can a man not serve and love the world as well as serve his Creator (Matt. 6:24)?
  13. Who/What makes the world seem as if it is in Technicolor?
  14. Why would religion seem to be in black and white?1
  15. Why did Demas leave the service of Paul the apostle and ultimately leave God (2 Tim. 4:10)?
  16. Which world are we born into (1 Tim. 6:6-7)?
  17. According to 1 John 2:16-17, what all is in the world?
  18. Are we in the world in the sense of being part of the worldly people (1 Pet. 5:9; 1 Cor. 5:9-11)?
  19. Which world in John 2:15-17 is going to pass away (Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; 2 Pet. 3:10-11)?
  20. If the world and the things of the world will be burned up, what kind of person ought we to be?Love Not The World