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  • « The Lordship of Christ, the Christian and the Local Church | Main | A Testimony from the Bat Cave »

    Blame it on the Brain? By Ed Welch

    Pg. 35-36

    The questions now become a little more difficult. Having briefly reviewed the assumption that we are unity of two substances, and having determined that the church is on solid ground with this doctrine, the next questions is to define, describe, and name our immaterial substance.

    A popular name for the immaterial stuff of the person is the spirit, but that is certainly not the only biblical name. Since the Bible has so much to say about our spiritual nature, it provides a rich and diverse vocabulary for it. In the Bible, “spirit” (pneuma) shares its field of meaning with a number of words. Included are terms such as “heart” (kardia), “mind” (dianoia, phrenes, and nous), “soul” (Greek: psuche. Hebrew:nephes), “conscience” (sunedesis), “inner self” (1Peter 3:4), and “inner man” (2 Cor 4:16). Even though these words have different emphases, they can be used almost interchangeably—and I will use them that way. The basic idea behind all these terms is that every human being lives a morally responsible creature before the face of God. We have a pervasive Godward orientation. Everything we do is related to the living God.

    The heart in the Scripture is variously used; sometimes for the mind and understanding, sometimes for the will, sometimes for the affections, sometimes for the conscience, sometimes for the whole soul. Generally, it denotes the whole soul of man and all the faculties of it, not absolutely, but as they are all one principal of moral operations, as they occur in our doing good or evil… the seat and subject of the law of sin is the heart of man. –John Owen

    Posted by Marco on August 19, 2014 05:18 PM

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