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Is man's physical body in the image of God? No, definitely not. Then how is man created in the image of God? As we shall see, God has a heart and so does man. We are created with the attributes of God and with amazing power like no other of his creation. We must be a reflection of him in order to communicate with him. This is not to say that we understand everything about him, because we do not. He is our maker and we can never question him as to why he made us thus.
The accessories of the body are but instruments to aid the heart to conform to the will of God. There is a wide range of speculation about the heart of which much can be proven by the word of God. However, there are those who believe the spiritual heart is really the bodily heart that pumps our blood.
I have a good friend who only has forty percent usage of his heart, because a blood clot blew out a large hole. Is he only forty percent of a man, or does he now only love God sixty percent less than he did before, Deut.13:3? If one has a heart transplant from a drug addict, murderer, or child molester, what has he become? As one of them? The physical heart will perish, but the heart that God has created within us will live forever, Ps,22:26, Luke 20:37-38.
We will discuss the imaginations of the heart as a prime factor for God taking major steps to redirect man.
Gen 6:5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
At the conclusion there are listed a great many attributes and conditions of the heart. Perhaps a few were overlooked, but the ones listed will be sufficient. You will notice as we progress through the bible from beginning to end, the writers use different words to describe the heart.
The heart is exactly what it sounds to be, the heart. The inner core of spiritual man is surrounded by the wonderful art of God's construction to aid it what God intended it to be.
Psa 139:14 -16 "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well......My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth......Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
We solicit the help of God in his wisdom in this study together that we all might have a better understanding of the heart that he has created.
Repentance is defined as a change of heart and direction. The important thing to notice is the Lord does have a heart. It did change toward man and he sent him in another direction. This all led up to a great climax which we shall see next.
Gen 6:6 "And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
Immediately after the flood, God made his first covenant with man.
Gen 6:18 "But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee."
Again, the Lord said.
Gen 8:21 "And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done."
Now God gives the token of his covenant, the rainbow.
Gen 9:12-13 "And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:.....I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth."
God is spirit and has a heart of which neither is recognizable to the eye. The same is true with man's spirit and heart as not being obvious to see.
The question of king David still remains.
Psa 8:4 "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
In spite of man's evil thoughts and imaginations, God is still mindful of him.
Fools have hearts also and are accountable to God for their speech and actions. Man's actions speaks much louder than words and therefore, indicate many times they do not believe in their creator. Yes, fools have their calendar holiday, April 1st.
Psa 14:1 "To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
God knows the inner most secrets of the heart and we are naked in his eyes. How can God know all these things? In our study of "An Advanced Course on the Spirit of Man" (also found in this website), we will learn how God knows all things.
Psa 44:21 "Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart."
As stated before, the heart is the inner core and fiber of our being. Just what are the issues of life? Aside from the air we breath, the water we drink, the food that comes from God, we control our habitat to make it good or bad. The reproduction of man, the education of our children in the principles of righteousness, living together in harmony, providing law and order and a host of other things are essential to the survival of us all. The war of words are far greater than the hottest battle. Christ and his message did turn the world upside down. The standards of goodness are rapidly decaying and it is difficult to do good for others, because to many it is a sign of weakness. The golden rule has become whoever has the gold, or do others before they do you. Keeping the heart with all diligence requires much effort.
Prov 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
Our nation is in political turmoil in that it is divided into two major parties, the left and the right. King Solomon decribes perfectly the ones on the left.
Prov 12:15 "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise."
Eccl 10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left."
Being at so-called peace with God, that is, those who are not sure in their hearts what God requires of them. To be at peace with God is to be in covenant relationship with him and no one enters a covenant without first knowing what it is.
Col 3:15-17 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful......Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord......And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Any successful program depends upon the power of the thoughts of the heart. If we think we can do it, we can. If not, then forget it.
Prov 23:6 "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:.....For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee."
However, we must always remember that God does not think like we do. Many are traveling down the road to destruction, because he thinks God thinks like he does.
Psa 50:21 "These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes."
Words can never be recalled as in a court of law the judge may say, "strike that last phrase". The stenographer will delete it, but it cannot be stricken from the memory of the jury.
Mat 12:34 "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
For a lack of understanding, men are confused as to what defiles him.
Mat 15:18 "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.....For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:.....These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."
This is the story of two great kings, one of God and the other not. First, Solomon, the son of King David. He ask God for an understanding heart that he might judge his people. God required the Solomon walk in the steps of his father David, but unfortunately he did not.
1 Ki 3:9-12 "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?.....And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing......And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;.....Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee."
1 Ki 4:29 "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore."
Second, was the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, who took Judah into Babylonian captivity for seventy years. Nebuchadnezzar was a worshipper of other gods, but he is called the servant of God, Jer.25:9; 27:6; 43:10. Being a servant of God only in the respect that he was accomplishing the will of God to punish his people for their disobedience. However, when God was through with Nebuchadnezzar, he gave him the heart of a beast and turned him out to pasture for seven years until he could know who rules in the kingdom of men. Now we know that animals have a heart, but in no way can be compared to that of man.
Dan 4:16 "Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him: and let seven times pass over him."
Dan 4:22-23 "It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth......And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;"
God designed man's heart to be in touch with His heart. We see very different words in the new testament to describe the heart in connection with man's relationship to God. God through Jesus Christ brought all nations to himself under one common umbrella of obedience through his holy word.
Mat 13:18 -19 "Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower......When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side."
Unlike the testament of Moses that was written on tables of stone and paper and ink, the testament of Christ is written in the hearts and minds of men.
2 Cor 3:3 "Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart."
It is now in the dispensation of Christ that man believes with the heart unto righteousness and with the mouth confession unto salvation.
Rom 10:10 "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
That form of doctrine that we obey is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
Rom 6:17 "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."
Spiritually, we as Gentiles are the Israel of God, but not circumcised with the circumcision of hands as under the testament of Moses, Gal.6:16. We are the seed of Abraham if we be Christ's and heirs according to the promise, Gal.3:29. We who are of the faith of Abraham are his children as well as the Jews, Rom.4:16-17.
Gal 3:29 "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
Gal 6:16 "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God."
Rom 4:16 -17 "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,.....(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."
Since God has extended salvation to the whole world by the coming of Jesus Christ, he also mandates the cleansing of every soul by a spiritual process known as circumcsion of the heart. This is performed by Jesus Christ at ones' basptism in order to cleanse the body of sins of his flesh. The Greek word for "operation" in verse twelve of Col.2:12, is rendered, "working, efficiency, in the new testament used only of superhuman power, whether of God or the devil," Thayer, page 215. Hence, Jesus Christ performs this surgery on the heart at the arrival of the new birth.
Rom 2:29 "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
Col 2:10 -13 "And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:.....In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:.....Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead......And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"
There will be an accounting of all in the day of judgment by the only righteous judge, Jesus Christ. But who will condemn us? Will it be Christ, or ourselves? We know the law of Christ is perfect and there are no loopholes, no attorneys to represent and no postponements. Our Lord, said the words that he had spoken, the same will judge us in the last day. The question remains, who will condemn us?
On a local radio show a woman called in regarding the execution of a killer, saying, if he made peace with God the last minute he would be saved. In her own words, "if he made peace with God, then I'll will give him that". Who is she to give anyone anything? She has set herself up and above the only righteous judge, Jesus Christ.
John 12:48 "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
1 John 3:20-21 "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things......Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God."
God says, he that trusts in his own heart is a fool. The word "he" has reference to the being and the "he" can trust or not trust in the heart. The is the same as the "he" found in Prov.16:32; 25:28, where the "he" must rule his spirit. It is the mind of the man who rules the spirit and trust or not trust in the heart. The only thing we can trust is the truth of God found in his word.
Prov 16:32 "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
Prov 25:28 "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls."
Prov 28:26 "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
There are always a few key verse that will clear up the unsolved. Sometimes it may be only one verse. God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to place them in the right places.
If we really get serious about getting the deep things of the bible, stay with the King James Version. However, it is absolutely neccessary to have an Interlinear Greek New Testament, by Stephens, 1550. Also, a Greek/English Lexicon by Thayer. Since the new testament was written in the Greek language, some words in King James translation as well as others leave something to be desired, therefore, it is mandatory that we have a Greek New Testament.
Ps.22:26; your heart will live forever
Prov.23:7; he who thinks in his heart
Prov.28:26; he that trusts in his heart is a fool
Isa,7:2; his heart was moved
The bible does not specifically say that the heart has a spirit as does the mind, Eph.4:23, but tacitly suggests so. Isa.7:2, clearly indicates the heart is moved as the trees are by the wind. Hence, man has a spirit to animate his body given by God, Zech.12:1 and unruly for the most part just as the spirit of the mind and the spirit of the heart.
Gen.6:5 - Thoughts; Gen.6:6 - Grieved; Gen.8:21- Imagination; Gen.20:5 - Integrity; Gen.20:45 - Speaking; Gen.42:28 - Failed; Gen.45:26 - Fainted; Ex.4:14 - Glad; Ex.7:14 - Hardened; Ex.7:23 - Glad; Ex,28:29 - Judgment; Ex.35:5 - Willing; Ex.35:34 - Put; Ex.35:35 - Wisdom; Lev.19:17 - Hate; Lev.26:16 - Sorrow; Num.32:7 - Discourage; Deut.2:30 - Obstinate; Deut.4:39 - Consider; Deut.8:14 - Lifted up; Deut.9:5 - Uprightness; Deut.11:13 - Serve; Deut.11:16 - Deceived; Deut.15:19 - Wicked; Deut.17:17 - Turn; Deut.28:28 - Astonishment; Deut.28:47 - Gladness; Deut.28:65 - Trembling; Deut.29:4 - Perceive; Josh.5:1 - Melted; Judg.5:16 - Searching; Judg.19:5 - Comfort; Judg.19:6 - Merry; 1 Sam.2:1 - Rejoice; 1 Sam.17:28 - Naughtiness; 1Sam.24:5 - Smote; 1 Sam.25:31 - Offence; 1Sam.25:37 - Died; 2 Sam.3:21 - Desire; 2 Sam.6:16 - Despised; 1 Kings 3:9 - Understanding; 1 Kings 4:29 - Largeness; 1 Kings 8:23 - Walk; 1 Kings 8:38 - Plague; 1 Kings 8:61 - Perfect; 1 Kings 12:33 - Devised; 1 Kings 14:8 - Followed; 2 Kings 6:11 - Sore; 2 Kings 22:19 - Tender; 1 Chr.12:17 - Knit; 1 Chr.12:33 - Double; 1Chr.12:38 - One; 1 Chr.29:17 - Triest; 1 Chr.29:18 - Prepare; 2 Chr.15:15 - Sworn; 2 Chr.19:9 - Faithfully; 2 Chr.29:31 - Free; 2 Chr.32:26 - Pride; Esth.7:5 - Presume; Job 10:13 - Hid; Job 23:16 - Soft; Job 27:6 - Reproach; Job 29:13 - Sing; Job 31:27 - Enticed; Job 36:13 - Hypocrite; Job 41:24 - Firm; Psa.4:4 - Commune; Psa.9:1 - Whole; Psa.14:1 - Fool; Psa.17:3 - Proved; Psa.19:14 - Meditation; Psa.22:26 - live forever; Psa.25:17 - Troubled; Psa.26:2 - Try; Psa.17:3 - Fear; Psa.27:14 - Stengthen; Psa.28:7 - Trusted; Psa.34:18 - Broken; Psa.38:8 - Distingquished; Psa,38:10 - Pants; Psa.39:3 - Hot; Psa.44:21 - Secrets; Psa.45:1 - Inditing; Psa.51:10 - Clean; Psa.51:17 - Contrite; Psa.55:4 - Pained; Psa.55:21 - War; Psa.57:7 - Fixed; Psa.61:2 - Overwhelmed; Psa.64:6 - Deep; Psa.66:18 - Iniquity; Psa.78:18 - Tempted; Psa.86:11 - Unite; Psa.95:10 - Err; Psa.101:4 - Froward; Psa.101:5 - Proud; Psa.109:22 - Wounded; Psa.119:32 - Enlarge; Psa.119:36 - Incline; Psa.119:70 - Fat; Psa.119:80 - Sound; Psa.119:161 - Stand; Psa.131:1 - Haughty; Psa.142:2 - Mischief; Psa.143:4 - Desolate; Prov.3:3 - Table; Prov.4:4 - Retain; Prov.4:23 - Keep; Prov.6:25 - Lust; Prov.7:10 - Subtile; Prov.12:8 - Perverse; Prov.12:20 - Deceit; Prov.12:25 - Heaviness; Prov.13:12 - Sick; Prov.14:14 - Backslider; Prov.19:3 - Frett; Prov.20:25 - Counsel; Prov.22:11 - Pureness; Prov.23:7 - Think; Prov.23:17 - Envy; Prov.23:19 - Guide; Prov.24:2 - Study; Prov.24:12 - Pounder; Prov.25:3 - Unsearchable; Prov.26:25 - Abominations; Prov.28:26 - Trust; Eccl.2:3 - Acquainting; Eccl.2:10 - Joy; Eccl.2:20 - Despair; Eccl.2:22 - Vexation; Eccl.2:23 - Rest; Eccl.3:11 - World; Eccl.5:2 - Hasty; Eccl.7:3 - Countenance; Eccl.7:22 - Know; Eccl.8:5 - Discern; Eccl.9:3 - Madness; Song 4:9 - Ravished; Song 5:2 - Wake; Song 8:6 - Seal; Isa.7:2 - Moved; Isa.9:9 - Stout; Isa.15:5 - Cry; Isa.51:7 - Law; Isa.63:4 - Vengeance; Jer.4:19 - Noise; Jer.9:26 - Uncircumcised; Jer.17:5 - Depart; Jer.23:16 - Vision; Eze.6:9 - Whorish; Eze.11:19 - Stony; Eze.14:3 - Idols; Eze.16:30 - Weak; Eze.22:14 - Endure; Eze.27:31 - Bitterness; Eze.36:26 - Flesh; Dan.1:18 - Purposed; Dan.4:16 - Beasts; Dan.5:22 - Humbled; Hos.10:2 - Divided; Joel 2:13 - Rend;
Matt.5:28 - Adultery; Matt.6:21 - Treasure; Matt.11:29 - Meek; Matt.11:29 - Lowly; Matt.12:34 - Abundance; Matt.13:19 - Sown; Matt.15:19 - Evil Thoughts; Mark 11:23 - Doubt; Mark 12:33 - Love; Luke 8:15 - Good; Luke 24:32 - Burn; Acts 2:37 - Pricked; Acts 2:46 - Singleness; Acts 5:3 - Satan Filled; Acts 5:33 - Cut; Acts 7:54 - Cut; Acts 16:14 - Opened; Acts 28:27 - Waxed Gross; Rom.1:21 - Foolish; Rom.2:5 - Impenitent; Rom.2:29 - Circumcision; Rom.6:17 - Obeyed; Rom.10:6 - Say; Rom.10:10 - Believed; 1 Cor.7:37 - Decreed; 2 Cor.3:15 - Vail; Eph.4:18 - Blindness; Eph.5:18 - Melody; Heb.10:22 - True; Heb.13:9 - Established; 1 Pet.3:4 - Hidden Man; 1 John 3:20 - Condemn; 1 John 3:21 - Condemn Not;
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