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The difference between your heart, soul and mind

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One of the Bite-Size Bible readers asked me to explain the difference between the heart, soul and mind. I am happy to do it because it is a very misunderstood subject. Thankfully, the Bible provides the answer!

Jesus taught that a person must “love” God with their entire being, which includes your heart, your soul, and your mind.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment. ~Mark 12:30

The Heart

The heart refers to the human brain. It is the place where “thinking” occurs. I addressed the brain in great detail in a previous series entitled Winning the Battle in your Brain.

O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you? ~Jeremiah 4:14

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. ~Matthew 15:19

Since the heart cannot think, the context proves that your heart is the thinking part of your being, not just an organ pumping blood through your body!

The Soul

The soul refers to your personal spirit. This is the eternal part of your being. When the first human being was created, he was given a physical body, but he was not considered “alive” until a spirit was put inside of him, referred to as the breath of life, which caused him to become a living soul.

Therefore, the word “spirit” and “soul” are interchangeable.

Think of the wind! Even though you cannot “see” the wind, it certainly exists! Interestingly enough, the Hebrew word used for wind, breath and spirit is the word Ruach. Even animals have Ruach!

In short, your body is simply a “container” for your spirit. After physical death, your spirit will continue to exist. When a person dies, the body becomes motionless, but the spirit doesn’t skip a beat. It doesn’t matter if you are good or evil – your spirit will live eternally. The only question is, where will your spirit live? But that is another study!

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ~Genesis 2:7

In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. ~Job 12:10

What shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ~Mark 8:37

Some people just don’t care about their soul! Since they can’t see it, it’s easy to forget about it or place little to no value on it. Then death arrives, as it always does, for every human being. Suddenly, people care about the soul and where it has gone!

The Mind

The mind is a little more difficult to understand, but once again, the Bible comes to the rescue!

And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. ~Romans 8:27

In the above passage, a distinction is made between the heart, mind and spirit.

We’ve already proven that the heart is the brain (heart = brain), which is the “thinking” part of your being. We’ve also proven that the soul is your personal spirit (soul = spirit), which is the eternal part of your being.

Now we’re being shown that the spirit (soul) has a mind! That’s right, within your personal spirit is a mind.

Think of a command post, like the Traffic Control Center used in aviation. Its job is to communicate with the pilots and help guide them from takeoff, in the air, to landing safely. In much the same way, your mind is sending information to your spirit!

Another name for your mind is your conscience. This is what Jesus gave to the human race after He died on the cross for sin and was resurrected from the dead. However, your conscience can become weakened, corrupted and evil.

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. ~Titus 1:15

This is the reason the Bible teaches us to renew our mind.

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. ~Ephesians 4:23

Hopefully you are seeing the interconnectedness of your heart, soul and mind.

If the information in your brain is bad, it is influencing your mind (deteriorating your conscience), which is affecting the condition of your spirit.

The Bible exists so a person can “analyze” (discern) the thoughts in their brain. If your thoughts are in opposition to the Bible, they should not be acted upon. This means you should throw them out! If they are acted upon, they will send the wrong information to your mind, thus weakening your conscience, and eventually, corrupting your spirit (soul).

Then you will need the most important makeover of your life!

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? ~Ezekiel 18:31

The Bible is a book of truth – critical truth necessary to overhaul the human thought process and protect the human soul. When truth is applied to your thinking, you are sending the right information to your mind which is causing your spirit (soul) to be wholly alive!

Bible passages to study:

Mark 12:30, Jeremiah 4:14, Matthew 15:19, Genesis 2:7, Job 12:10, Mark 8:37, Romans 8:27, Titus 1:15, Ephesians 4:23, Ezekiel 18:31

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I knew from a young age that there was more to life than I was being told, but I had no idea what it was or where to find it. After years of searching, I found my Rosetta Stone. It came through the Bible, but in a much different way than Mainstream Christianity was presenting. After exploring countless religions and philosophies, I had a close encounter with the Bible and discovered what the Messiah taught His followers two thousand years ago: The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.

4 thoughts on “The difference between your heart, soul and mind

  1. Great stuff. I’ve been looking for something so well informed on this matter. Thanks and God bless

  2. You should cover the unpardonable sin, in context of forgiveness AFTER the death and resurrection of Jesus.

    • Linc, the unpardonable sin is the ONLY sin not covered by Jesus’ death on the cross (Matthew 12:31). It is also called ‘Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit’ and it is explained by Paul in the Book of Acts:

      And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. ~Acts 13:44-46

      And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. ~Acts 18:5-6

      Paul was anointed by God to bring the TRUTH of God’s Word first to the Jews, and then to the Gentiles. The religion known as Judaism, which is what Jesus was born into, had become perverted under Roman influence. Jesus spent his life ‘undoing’ these perversions which is why he was hated by the religious and political leaders of his day.

      Jesus did not teach a ‘new’ religion called Christianity – He taught the purest form of Judaism which is based on all the writings of the Old Testament. Jesus told His followers that He did not come to do away with the Old Testament writings – something every Gentile teacher of Christianity should be teaching their congregations!

      Jesus’ apostles – which includes the apostle Paul – continued this same work! They were also hated. (Contrast this to today’s preachers and rabbis who care more about being liked, filling seats and making money than teaching Truth, which usually gets you executed and at a minimum, will NEVER make you popular.)

      When Paul visited the churches of his day and tried to correct their perverted doctrines, he was kicked out by their leaders! Thus, this ‘rejection’ is the basis of blasphemy. This ‘rejection’ is not a personal rejection of a person (you can reject the Father and the Son) – it is a rejection of the ‘message’ the person sent by God brings with him, which is the Truth of God’s Word!

      When a person makes a decision to REJECT the truth of God’s Word, or is presented with the Truth and ‘contradicts’ it by continuing to teach lying doctrines, this person has committed the unpardonable sin.

      This is the reason Paul makes the statement that the ones who rejected the truth judged themselves unworthy of eternal life, which is the payment for committing blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (no eternal life, referred to as eternal judgment). [READ John 12:28, Hebrews 6:2]

      After physical death, the spirits of blasphemers will roam the universe forever and not be allowed to participate in the New Heaven and the New Earth that God is going to create.

      Even Judas Iscariot did not commit blasphemy of the Holy Spirit – his sin was betraying Jesus for money and then killing himself.

      Keep in mind, a person must reject the truth of God’s Word. Most of the doctrine being taught in Christian churches today is not truthful doctrine, so the people sitting in the pews would have a difficult time committing blasphemy. But this is not the same case for the people TEACHING God’s Word, many of which are in league with the devil himself (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

      While ignorant, deceived Christians are running around wondering if they have committed the unpardonable sin, their preachers and teachers are living like fat cats and truly believe they are doing God’s work! It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.

      For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ~Romans 1:18

      While these cracked cisterns have deceived millions of people into believing lying doctrines, the people who follow them are not innocent either (Jeremiah 2:13). God will judge both (the deceiver and the deceived).

      Jesus and the Bible have been warning people for 2,000 years NOT TO BE DECEIVED! While many Christians can quote the Bible, and agree that satan masquerades as an angel of light, they are blind to the fact that they have been deceived by their own churches! What a perfect place for the devil to hide!

      And never forget what Jesus taught us, SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS (not the Gentiles).

      The best thing every Christian can do is walk out of their churches (Revelation 18:4), put aside everything they have been taught, and begin studying the Bible like an investigative reporter. (I also recommend reading The Underground Bible by Elijah which can downloaded for FREE at http://www.undergroundbible.com)

      Our allegiance must be to Truth – which is another name for Jesus! (John 14:6)

      So my friend, until you find a true anointed person of God’s Word or discover the truth of God’s Word on your own, you cannot commit the unpardonable sin. You would have to hear it or learn it first, then make a decision to reject it.

      It is the teachers of God’s Word who are in the greatest danger of committing the unpardonable sin. (James 3:1, Revelation 22:18-19)

      I hope this information comforts you.

      Shalom,

      ~Jo

  3. Thank you !!!!!

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