I want to look next at the change which happens in our hearts.
Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemes.
9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think you evil in your hearts? 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
9:6 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
9:8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
We think in our hearts. Our thoughts are in our hearts. Our heart is our mind.
Galatians 3:26 you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
3:29 And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then a heir of God through Christ.
We have a heavenly Father who has sent forth the spirit of Jesus into our hearts. We now have good hearts.
Hebrews 8:10 I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Romans 5:5 the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
1 John 4:8 God is love.
4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 God loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 4:12 If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
God dwells in us. God is love. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. God is dwelling in our hearts. In our heart we think good thoughts. From our heart we bring forth good.
When we love one another, we give evidence that God is dwelling in our hearts, we show forth God who is love.
2 Corinthians 5:17 if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be you reconciled to God.
5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
We are perfected forever and righteous forever because God dwells in our hearts. We are entirely new.
Ezekiel 18:27 when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 18:28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
18:30 I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O house of Israel? 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you upon him while he is near: 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
55:10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
When we are sinners, we are unrighteous with unrighteous thoughts. We hear about Jesus. We see Jesus is the Son of God who is able to save us from our sins. We forsake wickedness and our unrighteous thoughts. We repent from our sins and are baptized. We receive a new heart and new spirit which are from God. We are now righteous and we think righteous thoughts. Jesus saves us by lifting us up. Jesus raises us up. Our thoughts are lifted up to be the thoughts of God. We are made one with God.
Ephesians 5:25 Christ loved the church and gave himself for it; 5:26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
5:23 Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body.
5:29 the Lord nourishes and cherishes the church: 5:30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 2:4 God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 2:5 even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) 2:6 and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 9:24 let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.
Deuteronomy 30:6 the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou may live.
Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
2:10 you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11 in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead.
2:13 And you he has quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses
Colossians 1:26 the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, now is made manifest to his saints: 1:27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
1:28 whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus
Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people, 1:69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 1:73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Psalms 132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.
132:14 This is my rest forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
What is salvation? Righteousness.
Romans 10:8 The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10:10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10:11 For the scripture said, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Psalms 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.
Who are the meek? The righteous.
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