To the Extent That We Turn Our Backs on Evils Because They Are Sins, We Have Faith and Are Spiritual (Continued)

The following passages support what has beed said thus far:

Good people out of good treasure of their hearts bring forth what is good; evil people out of the evil treasure of their hearts bring forth what is evil. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45; Matthew 12:35)

In the Word, the heart means our will, and since this is the source of our thinking and speaking, it says that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

It is not what goes into the mouth that makes people unclean but what comes out of the heart; This is what makes people unclean. (Matthew 15:11)

Again, the heart means our will. And Jesus said of the woman who had washed his feet with anointing oil that her sins were forgiven because she loved greatly; and later added, “Your faith is saving you” (Luke 7:46-50).

We can see from these words that when our sins are forgiven–that is, when they are no longer there– our faith saves us.

In John 1:12-13 the Lord tells us that people are called “children of God” and “born of God” when their will is not full of a sense of self-importance and their understanding is therefore not clouded by that same sense of self-importance– that is, when they are not focused on what is evil and therefore on what is false. He also teaches us there that such people are the ones who believe in the Lord. For an explanation of these verses see the end of Section 17 above.

from Lafe/Faith (New Century Edition), Section 51

Notes:

Section 17: Published 5/7/2018

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