A person is, what his heart is
Matthew 15:18 - But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.
In today's message Jesus speaks about the pollution in the heart that comes out when a person speaks.
There are people who deceive by putting on a sweet image and speak sweet words; even then if you are in Spirit you will find in their words they will be exposed.
The word Jesus used as 'heart' means center of a being and refers to the inner man / soul of a person. This part of us is not just a thinking or a feeling system but a full being like our body. When the Lord taught me about the inner man He taught me about the parts of the body of this being in us through the books of Moses and Psalms. It was for this reason that we have 5 books of Moses. Also Psalms are not put in order according to the writers of the time it was written but according to the books of Moses and were sorted into 5 parts originally, according to the books of Moses.
We take care of our physical body by washing, clothing it etc. but most of us ignore our inner man, the part which really defines us. A person walking in Spirit sees this inner man very easily otherwise many people do not know of its existence and also confuse it with a person's spirit.
Jesus spoke of the mouth as one of the outputs of the inner man; another output is the works / behavior of the person. It is according to the inner man a person behaves or works.
Jesus also defines in another scripture the eyes (what we see) as one of the very important inputs to this inner-man. The other inputs to our inner man are the other senses like ears (hearing), taste, touch and smell. It is only when we guard these inputs can we control how we develop this inner man.
If we look at the TVM (grammar) of the verb 'defile' (which also gives us instructions of the background in body, Inner man and spirit respectively) is Present, Active, Indicative.
According to the TVM (grammar) with regards to our defilement:
Our body is simply a statement of fact or reality viewed as occurring in actual time. It just shows what is inside.
Our soul or inner man is the doer or performer of the action.
Our spirit is in a simple statement of fact. If an action really occurs or has occurred or will occur, it will be rendered in the indicative mood.
So the state of our body and spirit are results of the state of our inner man.
For those growing in faith and not mature in Spirit, Paul rightly advices not to fight temptation but to flee (escape) from it.
Man has made traditions which do not help build our inner man or our spirit. People think they do not harm us. A thing will either do good or bad, even the lukewarm are considered bad in spiritual world. Traditions of man either harm or faith or burden our inner man and make us spiritually lethargic. So let us discern traditions and flee from those which are not statutes of the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made us so beautifully according to the image of the God Head. In your wisdom You also made possible for us to overcome by the form You created us. Lord, help us control our senses and guard them by your precious sacrifice. You overcame and showed us how to overcome by the help of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, take charge of us and help us cleanse our inner man...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
22 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.
13 And those on the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (testing); for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted (enticed with evil), I am tempted (enticed with evil) of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth (entice with evil) no man:
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