The Veil Upon The Heart
by Bernie Parsons
The Veil Upon The Heart
Have you ever felt that you are having a little trouble understanding the Bible? Have you ever read scriptures that seem to conflict with what you have been taught? Some folks shrug and say, But the church leaders decided it is to be that waywho am I to question it? So we content ourselves with church tradition, commending ourselves for regular attendance and faithfully following accepted rites and rituals. That is religiousness.
But have you ever desired true righteousness? To get it right, the way God wants it done? Have you ever longed for the old time religion of the apostles? Have you ever wished that you could sit at Jesus feet, learning from the Master?
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Have you ever felt the gnawing pain of hunger, or the raw burning of thirst? Has your hunger and thirst for righteousness ever been so intense that it you found no relief until you satisfied that desire?
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
How badly do you want to know the truth?
Luke 10: 38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Are you careful about too many things? Is your life so full of cares that those cares choke the word of God right out of your heart? Are you like Mary, learning spirituality at the Masters feet, or Martha, who worried more about material service? We must beware lest our worries about this world choke our spirits.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Matthew 13: 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
We can lose our fruit-bearing abilities if we let cares and worries cloud our understanding of what God would have us do every day of our lives.
I Peter 5: 6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Maybe its time for you to unburden yourself, and let bigger shoulders than yours assume your burdens.
Matthew 11: 28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
You may say, That all sounds well and good, preacher, but real life is different. I cant seem to lay my burdens down. You know what the problem really is? It goes back to that hunger and thirst for righteousness. Too many would-be Christians are wrapped up in religiousness, rather than seeking righteousness. Its time we took the veil off the heart, and turned our heart to the Lord.
II Corinthians 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2: Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
When we are born again of the spirit of God Almighty, the Spirit of God writes the will of God upon our hearts.
1 John 2:20-21 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
John told his listeners that they had an unction, which is an anointing, or an application of a healing salve, that kept them in the truth. Notice that in verse 24 he wrote that they had heard this truth from the beginning. If you didnt get flustered last night, and you paid attention to the lesson, you caught that the Holy Spirit does not operate apart from the word of God, which was revealed in Jesus. One of the problems that I addressed last night was this very thing: we are so afraid that someone will mistake us for a denomination, that we become denominational in our over-reaction in the opposite direction.
John 14:25-26 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
John 1:-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The word of God was not intended to be a dead word, lifeless upon the pages of a book, but a living Word, quickened in the hearts of believing men and women. Jesus was the Word of God embodied. He was the living Word, and his entire life epitomized the will and the ways of God. That Word is to live in us.
II Corinthians 3: 4: And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Romans 7: 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10: And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11: For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Rom. 7: 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22: For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
We find that a law, when viewed only through fleshly eyes, leads to death, but a law, that when viewed through spiritual eyes, leads to everlasting life!
II Corinthians 3: 7: But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9: For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10: For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11: For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12: Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15: But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16: Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Denominationalism casts a veil
upon the heart. When religious people look at the Bible through denominational eyes, the
truth is not discovered. When truth-seekers look into the scriptures with open eyes, open
minds, and open hearts, they see the true image of Jesus, our Lord.
As Christians are changed by the Holy Spirit of God we take on the image of Jesus, so that eventually when we look into the mirror of the soul, we see not the men and women that we used to be, but rather we see Jesus.
A warning: keeping church
tradition is not the discovery of truth. I am talking about a Berean approach to
your study of the scriptures.
A warning: keeping church tradition is not the discovery of truth. I am talking about a Berean approach to your study of the scriptures.
Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
John 8: 31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest
thou, Ye shall be made free?
Sometimes we are like that, we say, We be the Church of Christ, or someone in a denomination says, We be the Baptist church or the Methodist church, or the Catholic church, or some other. But are we free? Have we Gods truth?
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35: And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in
38: I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39: They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40: But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we
have one Father, even God.
41: Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and
came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43: Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Are we listening? Do we hear God speaking? Are we free yet?
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45: And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
47: He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Are we of God? Are we listening?
Matthew 13: 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14: And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes
they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal
16: But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Can you see? Can you hear? Do you want to? Lest we become too arrogant, let us examine ourselves whether we be in the faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
We should all constantly examine and evaluate ourselves to see if we are listening to God, and doing what He says to do. A lot of the problems in the body of Christ come from people following men, and not God. That is the same problem that the denominations have. It is time that we remove the veil of Catholicism, and the veil of Protestantism, and see the word of God as it is intended to be seen. That includes shaking off church tradition, opting instead for the pure, unadulterated word of God.
Are you a spirit-filled, born-again child of God? Have you been born of water and spirit? If not, take the veil off your heart and be free!
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Matthew 28: 18: And Jesus
came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.