Yesterday morning I continued to read my Bible as usual. I was reading Mark 7 and it really spoke to me. Jesus explains what makes a person impure. What comes out of the heart of person, that can make that person impure. Besides, I also continued to read 2 Corinthians 3 and there it also talks about the heart. These two combined confirmed the message of Jesus Good News again.
Read both passages below:
After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” ~ Mark 7,17-23 ~
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ~ 2 Corinthians 3,3-6 ~
These are really interesting passages. In the first we read how important it is to take care of our heart. What our heart is full of, that will come out of our heart. Jesus warns us that evil comes from within us. We are all born in sin and cannot be perfect from ourselves. That is why God promised to give us a new heart. When we become born again, we will receive this new heart. Through baptism, we break with our old life (our heart of stone is taken out of us) and we start a new life in Jesus Christ (a heart of flesh is given us). This is prophesied long before Jesus was born, it is written in Ezekiel 36.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. ~ Ezekiel 36,26-27 ~
It is amazing that we can receive a new pure heart through baptism. However, this is not enough. Our heart may be new and pure, we are still weak and can be tempted to sin. That is why we read in Ezekiel 36 that God will also give us a new heart. Also Paul writes about this in 2 Corinthians 3. He talks about the New Covenant. The first was not able to give life. But the second gives life through the Spirit. This New Covenant is prophesied by the prophet Jeremiah and we can read about it in Jeremiah 31.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” ~ Jeremiah 31,33 ~
This New Covenant is for everyone who partakes in the blood of Jesus, the cup at the Lord’s Supper, which is the sign of the New Covenant (see Matthew 26,27-28). This New Covenant is really powerful. As we read in Jeremiah 31, God will put his law within us and write it on our heart. From within and out of our heart comes evil what defiles us as we learned from Jesus in Mark 7. However, the law of the Spirit (see Romans 8,2) has set us free. Through the Spirit, whom lives within us after being baptized in the Spirit, we are able to live according to God’s will. As we read in 2 Corinthians 3, the living Spirit is written on our heart. This will help us to live like Jesus. When we turn to Jesus through time in prayer, we will be able to live more and more like Jesus through the Spirit.
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3,16-18 ~
God bless you,
Founder of Experience Jesus