The Weekend Word

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  1. Jean says:

    Wasn’t it Calvin, who said: “the human heart is a perpetual idol factory.” I don’t have his Institutes, but I have a citation to I.11.8.

    My understanding of the New Covenant in Christ is believers in Jesus are given a new heart: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

    If this is true then doesn’t our anthropology becomes like that of Paul’s who sees the Christian as having two hearts – the old man and the new man, resulting in the internal conflict of the Spirit and the flesh?

    Yet, although Paul found himself a wretched man in the midst of his conflict, he pronounced: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

  2. Em says:

    I think of Romans 7:18 – this “earthen vessel” – it is corrupted, but it is not God’s plan (or will) that we cater to, what i call, our old sin nature. Yes, God’s will for humanity is to rise above the condemnation – “For God so LOVED the world…. ” blessed life, blessed hope
    Praying that this weekend word’s edification lifts souls – encourages us

  3. Michael says:

    Jean,

    Yes, Calvin said that.
    He was right.
    However, Calvin and all other decent expositors interpret all the “heart” verses in their context and they paint a realistic picture of the human condition, good or bad.
    What I am objecting to is this being the “go to” verse for human anthropology…because it simply isn’t…as the very next verse clarifies.

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