#41 Growth of the Divine Seed of the Kingdom in the Human Heart for God’s Building (3)
Scripture Reading: Prov. 4:23
II. The heart is the conglomerate of man’s inward parts, man’s chief representative, his acting agent:
A. Our heart is a composition of all the parts of our soul—the mind, the emotion, and the will (Matt. 9:4; Heb. 4:12; Acts 11:23; John 14:1; 16:22)—plus one part of our spirit—the conscience (Heb. 10:22; 1 John 3:20).
B. Our heart and its condition before God are organically, intrinsically, and inseparably related to the condition of our spirit, soul, and body:
1. The exercise of the spirit works only when our heart is active; if man’s heart is indifferent,
the spirit is imprisoned within and is unable to show forth its capability— Matt. 5:3, 8; Psa.
78:8; Eph. 3:16-17.
2. The soul is the person himself, but the heart is the person in action; the heart is the acting
agent, the acting commissioner, of our entire being.
3. The activities and movements of our physical body depend on our physical heart; in like
manner, our daily living, the way we act and behave, depends on what kind of psychological
heart we have.
C. The heart is the entrance and exit of life, the “switch” of life; if the heart is not right, life in the
spirit is hindered, and the law of life cannot work freely and without obstruction to reach every part of our being; though life has great power, this great power is controlled by our small heart— Prov. 4:23; Matt. 12:33-37; cf. Ezek. 36:26-27.