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A Pure Heart

In the Bible, the "heart" is most-often used as an analogy for the center of emotions or character. It is used in this way in both the Old and New Testaments, however the origin of the usage of the term is logically Hebrew because although the New Testament was written in Greek, it was written by Jews who were well familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures, which was the only "Bible" that they knew or needed (see also Which Bible Did Jesus Use?)

A Pure Heart

Holy Bible A "pure heart" was used as an analogy for the righteous:

"Who shall ascend into the hill of The Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3 KJV)

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8 KJV)

In the Messiah's "parable of the sower," those with a good "heart" were like seed planted in good soil:

"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15 KJV)

Paul expounded on the virtues of a "pure heart" that has been purged of carnal behavior:

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:21-22 KJV)

A "pure heart" is made by obeying the Truth (see also Believers) so as to not squander the Messiah's Sacrifice:

"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again [a future event, see Spiritual Conception], not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:19-23 KJV)

A "pure heart" is a matter of setting the right priorities in this temporary physical life, so to make it to eternal life:

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)

A future Gathering of Israel and Judah (see also Spiritual and Physical Gatherings) will involve God's giving them a new "heart," by means of the Holy Spirit, so that they will obey Him in Truth:

"Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence."

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 11:17-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: Should God's people love Him with all their "heart"?
Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30


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