by Rex Rouis
I am beginning a study on the heart of man. What a fascinating topic! It involves the scriptural understanding of how the spirit, soul, flesh, will, mind, emotions, inner man, etc., all work together.
The Bible says that faith is of the heart (Mark 11:23), but what does that really mean? How can someone without God in their heart be able to believe, i.e., the Centurion (Matt 8:8, 9, 10 and Luke 7:6, 7, 8, 9)? This has always puzzled me, and even goes against some of my current understandings of faith. This just goes to show us that Nobody Has This All Figured Out yet.
In the meantime, read this wonderful article – The Heart – by Pastor Bob Yandian, of Grace Church in Tulsa Oklahoma. Like Pastor Yandian, I was not comfortable with the prevalent view that the spirit (of man) and the heart (of man) represent the same thing. Looking at all the scriptural references to ‘heart,’ you can plainly see that this cannot be the case. Reading his article is what prompted me to start the study.
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