The Heart of Man. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8). The Heart of Man. Because of this statement of Jesus, Christian discipleship is often called "the religion of the pure in heart.". The Heart of Man.
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"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8)
Because of this statement of Jesus, Christian discipleship is often called "the religion of the pure in heart."
But what is the heart that must be pure and how does one experience a change of heart?
What does the Bible teach?
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." (Matt. 12:35)
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man...."
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." (Matt. 15:18-19)
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?" (Matt. 9:4)
But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?" (Mark 2:8)
"'For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
“‘Lest theyshould understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'" (Matt. 13:15)
"'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.'" (Lev. 19:17)
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. (Rom. 10:1)
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. (1 Peter 1:22)
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. (1 John 3:20-21)
For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law
(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sightof God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles,who do not have the law,by nature do the things in the law,
these, althoughnot having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in
the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. (Rom. 2:12-16)
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:7)
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. (Rom. 6:17)
We will look at how God changes the heart in the next lesson.